Local astronomers and amateur star gazers who have been looking forward to the total lunar eclipse Monday night may get a chance to see the rare event after all as Twin Lakes Area skies are expected to clear after midnight. This lunar eclipse, also called the Blood Moon, is the first to appear in North America since 2011.
A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Because the shadow is typically a reddish color, due to the amount of volcanic ash and other particulates in the stratosphere, it is called a Blood Moon.
Skies should be clearing when the lunar eclipse begins at 12:20 a.m., but it will be cold with temperatures predicted in the upper twenties. The total eclipse should occur shortly after 2 a.m. and the moon will emerge from the Earth's shadow at 3:25 a.m. and with the event ending about an hour later.
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