January 17, 2000
Total Lunar Eclipse Thursday Night
Weather permitting, residents of Victoria and the rest of North America will see a total eclipse of the moon Thursday evening. The full moon will enter the earth's shadow at 7:01 p.m., with the total eclipse beginning about an hour later at 8:05 p.m. and lasting for 77 minutes.UVic astronomy laboratory instructor Russ Robb can explain, among other things, why the moon will take on a reddish appearance during the eclipse. The next total lunar eclipse visible from this part of the world won't be until May 16, 2003. Media Contacts:
Russ Robb (astronomy) at (250) 721-7750.