Event
May 26, 2021
1:45 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Online

Lunar Eclipse Online Broadcast May 26, 2021

Total lunar eclipse from Los Angeles, May 26, 2021. Live broadcast from Griffith Observatory.

Upcoming Eclipse Events at Griffith Observatory

Early in the morning on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, there will be a total Lunar Eclipse observed from Los Angeles, CA.

Griffith Observatory is hosting an online broadcast of the total lunar eclipse that morning from 1:45 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., PDT. Griffith Observatory is NOT having an onsite public viewing event. Griffith Park will NOT be open during the broadcast. The Observatory will stream the eclipse live online, weather permitting. Watch here

Event/Eclipse Timeline

1:45 a.m. Online broadcast begins
2:45 a.m. Umbral eclipse begins (first visible bite out of the Moon)
4:11 a.m. Totality begins (Moon totally covered in shadow)
4:19 a.m. Maximum eclipse
4:26 a.m. Totality ends (Moon emerges from shadow)
5:45 a.m. Sun rises in the east-northeast
5:52 a.m. Umbral eclipse ends
5:53 a.m. Moon sets in the west-southwest
(NOTE: The Moon may set a little earlier due to the local horizon.)
6:00 a.m. Online broadcast ends

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely into the shadow cast by the Earth. The round disk of the full Moon slowly moves into the dark shadow, and the bright Moon grows dim. The Moon does not, however, become completely dark. Instead, it usually glows with a faint copper or red color, a result of sunlight being filtered and bent through the Earth’s atmosphere (much like a sunset). The lunar eclipse is visible throughout southern California and can be seen easily with the unaided eye, though telescopes or binoculars may enhance the view.

The next total lunar eclipse visible in Los Angeles will occur on May 15-16, 2022

To learn more about eclipses, please visit our eclipse info page

Advice for Viewing

If skies are clear, the eclipse will be visible to the unaided eye from anywhere in southern California. It is safe to view a lunar eclipse without any eye protection. You do not need a telescope to see a lunar eclipse. Just go outside and look up to the southwest.

Timeline for Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse Animation