How to watch tonight's partial lunar eclipse

Skywatchers in Maryland and across the Northeast will get a glimpse of a partial lunar eclipse tonight as the Full Harvest Moon rises.

It will be most visible at about 7:50 p.m., which is just 12 minutes after the moon reaches its "full" stage, at 7:38 p.m. The moon will actually spend about 4 hours partially behind the edge of Earth's shadow.

To see the eclipse, you can look directly at the moon, unlike in a solar eclipse. But this one could be difficult to see because it's only a partial eclipse. That is because the maximum eclipse is occurring so close to moonrise, when the moon is low in our sky. It means we are looking through more of the atmosphere than if the moon were directly overhead, making our view more fuzzy.

The eclipse will be apparent from North America in the lower right corner of the moon, according to Discovery. Good skywatching conditions are forecast here, with clear, cloudless skies Friday, according to

The eclipse will be best seen across Europe and Africa, with the moon overhead.

An earlier version of this post incorrectly referenced a solar eclipse.

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