By Bryan Dorr
MILWAUKIE, Ore – The moon began its slow trek through Earth’s shadow around 1:50 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) Tuesday morning. Around 3:01 a.m., the once beaming full moon gradually became a dull, rusty red spherical object hovering directly above as seen in Portland, Oregon.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) had predicted on their eclipse Web site that the partial eclipse would begin at 1:51 a.m. PDT. The entire eclipse process would last for 3 hours and 33 minutes. The moon would be completely “dark” from the earth’s shadow for about 1 hour and 31 minutes.
The next total lunar eclipse predicted that is visible to North Americans is February 21, 2008.
For more information on lunar eclipses, visit NASA’s Eclipse Home Page at http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html.