Total Eclipse of the Moon

Monday night(April 14-15), if the sky is cooperative, there will be a total lunar eclipse visible in its entirety all across our region.  At approximately midnight, the moon will enter the outer penumbral shadow of Earth, resulting in a slight dimming.  About an hour later, near 1 am, the moon will enter the full shadow of Earth resulting in the beginning of the partial phase of the eclipse.  From approximately 2 am through 3:20, the eclipse will be total.  The partial phase will end around 4:30 am, and the last of the penumbral shadow will have passed by 5:30.  So the entire eclipse will happen during the night, resulting in a good show if the sky is clear.  During the partial phases, a portion of the moon will be in total darkness. During the full phase, the moon will be dark but faintly colored with shades of red or orange caused by light coming from the edge of Earth.  Later this year, on the afternoon of October 23, we will be treated to a partial solar eclipse, when the new moon will actually cover up a portion of the sun.   Meteorologist John Wheeler

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