Total Lunar Eclipse Sunday Night

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If skies are clear enough, step outside Sunday night and take a look at the moon. It will be the last time to catch this particular eclipse until 2033. The whole eclipse will last from about 8 p.m. Sunday night until 12:30 a.m. Monday morning.

“The preminal phase begins around 8:00 pm, partial phase begins around 9:15, and totality begins around 10:15,” said Director of Eileen Collins Observatory Deborah Dann. “Totality will last until about 11:30 and then it will all come back out on the other end and be pretty much all done for as much as we can see about 12:30 am.”

This eclipse will be a rare event with a supermoon and a blood moon coinciding with one another. This is a particularly special eclipse because the earth and the moon are going to be fairly close to each other. The moon is going to be close enough to Earth that is will appear almost 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. If you can’t catch all of the phase changes, the partial and totality phase are some peak times that might be a good reason to step outside. In the partial phase, the moon looks like it is going through phases quickly. It moves into the Earth’s shadow, and almost eventually looks like a crescent before it goes into totality.

“In totality, a couple of things could happen, said Dann. “It could go completely dark because all of the light from the sun that usually gets to the moon is being blocked.  Or sometimes the light can actually make its way through the atmosphere of the earth and get to the moon and color the moon a nice sort of orangey red color.”

The public is welcomed to come to the Eileen Collins Observatory at Community College to take a look at this Eclipse, of course if the weather cooperates. For more information on viewing times, click here.
 

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