North America, South America and Western Europe will see the first lunar eclipse of 2008 on February 20 between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. EST.

Eclipse Diagram

Diagram: NASA

This occurs mid-way between the Moon’s perigee and apogee. As a bonus, Saturn is at opposition and can be seen as a bright object just northeast of the Moon. The eclipse will take about 50 minutes. The Moon will pass in the southern-most part of the Earth’s umbral shadow, meaning the top half of the Moon will appear much darker than the bottom half which passes just inside Earth’s shadow.

There is an annular solar eclipse occurring on February 7, however, the best viewing appears to be from Antartica.

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