Time to observe for most of time zone:
11:29pm - 05:05am (CST)
On: December 20-21 Your time Zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours
Current Universal (UT) date and time
09/25/23 - 02:26 UT (month/day/year - time in 24hr format)
Phases of the lunar eclipse by UT time
Penumbral begins: 5:29 UT Partial eclipse begins: 6:33 UT Total eclipse begins: 7:41 UT Greatest eclipse: 8:17 UT
Total Eclipse ends: 8:53 UT Partial eclipse ends: 10:01 UT Penumbral ends: 11:05 UT
How to observe the eclipse
Unlike solar eclipses, all lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch without the use of special glasses or filters. All you need is your two eyes, and maybe a cup of your favorite drink to keep you warm.
A telescope or binoculars are not required to view a lunar eclipse, but these instruments may come in handy if you do use them. A standard pair of 7x50 or 7x35 binoculars would help magnify your view, thus making the red coloration on the moon brighter and easier to see.
The phases below are viewable in your location
Places & Viewing locations
United States - Illinois
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