Eclipse Tonight!

Here’s where you can see it:

And here’s eclipse times in GMT:

Moon enters penumbra: 2018

Moon enters umbra: 2130

Totality begins: 2244

Mid-eclipse: 2321

Totality ends: 2358

Moon leaves umbra: 0111

Moon leaves penumbra: 0224

Time zone converter here.

Yesterday I found an unlikely viewing spot in the parking lot of my local Ingles grocery, which has the best eastern horizon view I was able to find on short notice. Luckily for me I recently had dinner with a friend in the building next door to the Ingles, and by chance noticed that our seat by the window offered a rare prime horizon view of a golden and slowly rising full moon. Hell, if I’m hungry at six, I may even watch the moonrise over dinner.

I’ll head to my viewing spot a little after six hoping to catch the rising eclipsed moon before sunset. Moonrise in WNC is 6:18 PM. Sunset is 6:27 PM. What I’ll be able to see before sunset I honestly don’t know.

I’d like to issue a science-nerd challenge to the readers of this blog, one that I will take up as well. Can we all try to interest someone in watching the eclipse? A neighbor, a friend, a random redneck wondering why you are standing in the Ingles parking lot? For whatever reason, I find that most people don’t even know about eclipses. Most people don’t look to the sky. Tonight’s a good night to show wonders to the uninitiated.

Happy viewing, everyone!

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One response to “Eclipse Tonight!

  1. Shelley from Asheville

    Hey Jennifer,

    Thanks for the reminder about the eclipse, Im just now headed over to Beacatcher mtn – we live in north asheville – to catch it.

    You asked a few posts back what kinda scientist I am – I am a wildlife biologist, which really just means I like to walk through the woods and look at animals and there habitat – add some statistics and voila wildlife biology.

    I currently work seasonally at the Great Smky Mtns Natl Park on the NC side at about 5000 feet. I start working again on April 2.

    Currently, I’m enjoying unemployment by cooking a lot, knitting, spinning some yarn and learning to play the fiddle.

    Enjoy the eclipse
    Shelley

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