Partial Lunar Eclipse Heading to Utah Skies

A lunar eclipse happens when the earth comes between the sun and the moon, wherein the earth’s shadow darkens the moon and this happens only when the moon is dark.

Sky watchers in Utah and across much in North America were in for a spectacular and rare treat in the early morning hours of June 26 - a partial lunar eclipse of the moon.

NASA Solar System Ambassador to Utah, Patrick Wiggins informed people that the earliest and clearly, the most visible part of the eclipse would start from about 4:17 a.m. and the eclipse would be at its maximum at 5:38 a.m. when part of the moon is shadowed and the moon begins to set in the southwest. So, anyone with a low western horizon view should have seen able to see the moon enter the eclipse.

The faithful sky watchers would have noticed a bright star in the lower, part of the south eastern sky which is actually the largest planet of the solar system -Jupiter. However, the final stages of the eclipse were speculated to be not visible from Utah.

A lunar eclipse can be viewed safely with no special glasses or equipment unlike a solar eclipse. Moreover, light pollution in the city won’t be a major deterrent to view the eclipse. All related information in astronomy which includes the list of eclipses which are visible from Utah all through 2025 can be had from the official Wiggins’ Solar System Ambassador Website at

This eclipse is going to be a trailer to the one that is to come in December. There were misinformed rumors and reports that Kanarraville was going to be the most ideal place to watch the eclipse. However, Kanarraville is going to be the most easily accessible place to view the annular eclipse in May 2012. The sun will be donut-shaped, and will be visible along a very specific pathway that includes Kanarraville.