Tonight there is a full moon AND a total lunar eclipse. Conditions over Nova Scotia should be perfect for viewing, from 11:00 pm Atlantic Time to approximately 11:51 pm. The moon should be completely emerged from shadow by 1:09 am. Depending on conditions, it may appear coppery orange for a time. The eclipse should be visible in all parts of Canada without cloud cover, although the best view will be from the east coast and the eastern US states. Another lunar eclipse will not be seen until December 21, 2010. And unlike a solar eclipse, no special protection is needed for the eyes.
And then there’s this celestial event! The meteor, which becomes a meteorite once it strikes the ground, traveled from west to east. Witnesses reported seeing it in Calgary, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. No one has yet found any evidence as to whether the fireball, or parts of it, hit Earth. Scientists don’t expect to find anything larger than a baseball. Fascinating celestial sitings!