Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Total eclipse of the moon this Saturday

Prepare to get to bed early on Friday. Saturday morning will see the last total eclipse of the moon until 2014. The moon will pass into the Earth’s shadow starting at around 6:30 a.m. EST, appearing a ghostly red over parts of the Earth.


A portion of the moon crosses into the Earth's shadow seen above a head of the Red Army soldier’s sculpture, a part of a monument to the Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, in the southern Russian city of Stavropol, late on June 15, 2011. (Daniel Smyonov/AFP/Getty Images)

Because of the Earth’s rotation, South America will not be able to see the eclipse and East Coasters will have to make do with seeing just the beginning of the eclipse. Most of the rest of the United States and much of Europe will be able to see the eclipse as the moon sets in the former and rises in the latter. The best viewing will go to Australia and Asia. It will peak at around 6:32 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

For those unable to book a ticket down under by Saturday, here’s what the last total eclipse of the moon looked like from Tajikistan in June:

And for a more close-up view, here’s last December’s eclipse from Gainseville, Fla.:

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