Our friend Steve Pauken captured this beautiful photo of last night’s moon as seen from Arizona. The moon looked round and full in the sky last night, but the actual crest of the moon’s full phase comes today – April 25, 2013 – at 19:57 UTC or 2:57 p.m. Central Standard Time.
And with this full moon comes a partial lunar eclipse visible in some parts of the world, but unfortunately not for North America. As seen from North America, the eclipse will be happening during the day today (early afternoon for the central U.S.), when the moon is below our horizon.
The good news is that everyone – in all parts of the world – can enjoy the sight of a full moon tonight, and the bright object near tonight’s moon is the planet Saturn.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.