Eclipse 2019: how to view the moon in sky map format


Based on a photograph from EarthSky’s Twin Cities group. This is pretty rare, and although viewing a total eclipse is harder, this shows why.

EarthSky’s t-pixel map.


The lunar eclipse occurred on Friday, 27 October, and shows why, in the hours after, the Moon moves in front of the Sun. Between sunrise and sunset, the second hemisphere (the North Pole) of the Moon puts it in the direct path of the sun. This raises the Moon’s angle of sunlight striking its surface.

This means you should not look at the Moon over a longer period of time – the angle of illumination in sunlight will constantly shift, which changes the density of the light. This means an eclipse over a longer period will be difficult to see. During daytime, there is a so-called “cloud peak”. This is when the Moon gets into sunlight, and obscures the Moon and the Sun even more.

The map below shows how the Lunar Eclipse looked in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1pm CST Lakeville MN

1:15 pm CST Orono MN

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