On Monday, April 14, anyone who wants to experience a total lunar eclipse can do so at the Griffith Observatory, which will be holding a public viewing from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into Earth's shadow. When this happens, you'll see the full moon's round disk move into Earth's dark shadow. Then, the moon dims into a faint copper, red color as sunlight becomes filtered and bent through the Earth's atmosphere.
Although you can see the eclipse with your bare eyes, it's recommended you check it out through telescopes or binoculars that may enhance your view. The Observatory will have telescopes available for free viewing, and you can even hear staff members' commentary.
The Observatory is expecting a large crowd, so get there early (the moon rises at 7:08, and the first portion of the moon is visibly eclipsed at 10:58 p.m.).
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