Lunar Eclipse Coming This Sunday!

A total eclipse of the moon will happen Sunday night. During a total lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon form a line in space. Earth’s shadow falls on the face of the moon, often giving the moon a reddish tint during the total eclipse period. No special equipment is needed, but of course the weather has to cooperate. Below is a nice animation of what the total lunar eclipse will look like.

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It will be visible across much of North America and all of South America after sunset Sunday night. Sunday’s supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes and will cast it into shadow beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. The total eclipse starts at 10:11 p.m. EDT, peaking at 10:47 p.m. EDT. The graphic below shows the times (in Eastern Daylight Time) to expect the different stages of the eclipse.

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Unfortunately here in eastern North Carolina, the weather does not look to cooperate to see the eclipse. Futurecast shows plenty of clouds and a few showers Sunday night during eclipse time.

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We can always hope for a break or two in the clouds to catch a glimpse. Otherwise, there will be several sources to watch the eclipse live online (from locations where the weather will cooperate!).

Each of the streams below will start around 8 p.m. Sunday evening, so be sure to come back and click one of the links blow if you can’t see the eclipse in person here in the East!

 

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Total Lunar Eclipse Live Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc

Slooh.com Total Lunar Eclipse Live Stream: http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/mega-harvest-moon-eclipse

Sky & Telescope Total Lunar Eclipse Live Stream: http://livestream.com/SkyandTelescope/Sept27eclipse

 

Our next chance to see a total lunar eclipse in North America comes in January 2018.

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