Tomorrow’s Lunar Eclipse—Fabulous from your hot tub!

2010-01-29-full-moonTaking in a celestial event is always a terrific treat. We think the entire experience is enhanced when you do a viewing of the heavens from the peace and tranquility of your very own Hot Spring Spa.

Tomorrow morning will give you a grand excuse to head out to the hot tub and take in a special event. While you may need to get up a bit early, it will be worth it! NASA reports that the lunar eclipse taking place in the early morning hours of October 8th will be visible from every part of the U.S. Folks on the west coast will be ideally positioned for the best experience!

During a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes inside the shadow of our planet. The end result is the Moon glowing in a coppery light—truly a beautiful magical sight. Sometimes, due to the presence of ozone, some report seeing a band of turquoise in addition to the copper hue of the eclipse. The best chance of seeing this turquoise enhancement is during the first few or final few minutes of the total eclipse. You may want to use binoculars to make sure you get a chance to see the turquoise accent.

Optimal time to see the eclipse in its totality on the west coast will be for an hour between 3:25 a.m. and 4:24 a.m. (Yes it’s early, but it will be a great time!) Either stay up late…or head to bed early so you can get up and take in the night show.

Here’s a nerd fact for you: This eclipse is the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses. A set of four consecutive eclipses is termed a tetrad. The next eclipse will take place next year in April.

Enjoy!