November 30, 2022

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Look up Tuesday morning! A total lunar eclipse will take place.

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A total eclipse will make the moon appear red for 90 minutes Tuesday morning.

WASHINGTON — When the earth, moon and sun are perfectly aligned, the shadow gives the moon a reddish hue — that’s why lunar eclipses are also called “blood moons.”

You may recall we had a “Super Flower Blood Moon” back in May. In any given year there can be a minimum of two lunar eclipses and a maximum of four.

The more dust or clouds in the atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the moon will appear. That’s because the color red has the longest wavelength in the spectrum and moisture or dust tends to scatter colors with shorter wavelengths making them less visible. It’s the same reason sunsets look more brilliant when there is dust or particles in the atmosphere.

If you want to check out the eclipse, you’ll need to wake up early Tuesday. While the entire moon will illuminate a shade of red from 5:16 am – 6:41 a.m. EST, the moon will enter “penumbra” at 3:02 a.m. This means the moon will be entering the outer part of the Earth’s shadow and as a result, it will begin to dim. 

The partial eclipse will begin around 4:09 a.m. and it will look like a chunk is missing from the moons’ surface. 

The total eclipse will start at 5:16 a.m. and last until 6:41 a.m. Toward the end of the eclipse, the moon will be close to the horizon so you’ll be better off watching from a taller building if you can.

If you don’t want to get out of bed to watch the show in the sky, you can stream it live from a number of Youtube Channels.

The forecast looks great for viewing conditions! Expect clear skies and chilly temperatures early Tuesday morning.

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2022-11-04 22:31:09

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