The full moon turns blood red in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, during a full lunar eclipse that will likely be visible from Western Washington if clear skies prevail and early-morning fog doesn’t roll in to block the view.
Set your alarm for around 3:30 a.m. if you want to see the fully red moon (often called a blood moon), or earlier to watch more of the process as the earth’s shadow crosses the moon. It starts at 1:17 a.m., with partial eclipse about an hour later, and total eclipse at 3:27 a.m.
If you oversleep a bit, don’t worry, you have until 4:22 a.m., when the total eclipse ends. Look in the western half of the sky; the moon will be setting on the western horizon by the time the shadow completely disappears at 6:32 a.m. More details here.
Or if you blow it and just can’t wake up, mark your calendar for next fall. The next total lunar eclipse visible in Seattle won’t rob you of sleep: It’s at 7:47 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2015.
Another option, if you get clouded out, is to watch tonight’s eclipse on a live webcast by the astronomy outreach website Slooh.
Also coming soon to local skies: a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 23.