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Los Angeles, get ready for a Wednesday morning lunar eclipse — if you can see it through fog and clouds (PDF)

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A lunar eclipse is set to take place Wednesday morning, Nov. 28. It’s supposed to be easily visible to the naked eye, according to NASA.

The Weather Channel predicts partly cloudy weather Wednesday morning, but rain is unlikely. Still, either those clouds or morning fog could spoil views of the eclipse, Anthony Cook of the Griffith Observatory Sky Report told Patch.

“The forecast is for cloudy conditions after midnight, which is still six hours before the eclipse is visible, so I’d say the chances are slim for a good view,” Cook told Patch. However, if you do get lucky, Cook recommends looking west with a pair of binoculars, with the beaches and hillsides being the best spots to take a look.

The eclipse begins at 4:14 a.m. Pacific time, but won’t be visible until around 6 a.m., according to NASA estimates, with peak visibility at 6:33 a.m. The moon sets at 6:37 a.m.

The eclipse should be visible across most of the United States — except for you, East Coast, since the moon will have already set by eclipse time. Sorry guys.

It’s a penumbral eclipse, which means it’s going through what the Sky Report describes as “the fuzzy outer shadow of the earth.” The upper portion of the moon will be shaded, appearing dark compared to the moon’s lower edge.

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