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The greatest eclipse no one really saw

The greatest eclipse no one really saw

There was a lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning around 2:20 a.m., but don’t feel bad if you missed it or were socked in with clouds -- you didn't miss much.

The Earth's shadow just barely nicked the outer edge of the moon, and it would have been fairly difficult to see with the naked eye even if the skies were clear.

But this gives me a good excuse to point out a good web site for tracking when the next lunar and/or solar eclipses are -- eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

The next big event is a total solar eclipse on July 22, but unless you want to hop a plane, you won't see it here in the Northwest. It'll only be seen across southeastern Asia, Japan and the South Pacific.

But around here, we are pretty much skunked for good eclipse views of any kind through the rest of 2009. A partial lunar eclipse occurs on New Year's Eve, but it won't be visible in the United States, save for maybe parts of New England.

In fact, for solar eclipses, we might get part of an annular eclipse on May 20, 2012, but the big event will be the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

The Pacific Northwest will be one of the prime viewing locations, with the greater Portland area right in the best path. And odds are good the weather will be clear. So, mark your calendars today! :)