Total lunar eclipse happening Sunday night

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This Sunday night we will get to observe a total eclipse of the moon.

It will be the only total lunar eclipse of 2019.  It will also be what is referred to as a “Super Moon” because it will appear larger than normal.

That is because the eclipse will take place when the moon is closest to the earth in its elliptical orbit around Earth (called the perigee).

A “partial eclipse” will begin at 9:34 p.m. CST when you will begin to see a “bite taken out of the moon”.

By 10:41 p.m. it will be totally eclipsed and stay that way until 11:44 p.m. a total of 62 minutes.

Because orange/red rays of the sun will be reflecting off the edge of the Earth, the moon will have a reddish appearance, and hence is also called a “Blood Moon”.

Dress warm as you step outdoors, as it will be windy and cold Sunday night.  If you can find a window you can view it from inside your house you can stay cozy!

To listen to 13-minute lead-you-by-the-hand guided tour eclipse audio podcast by Kelly Beatty of Sky & Telescope Magazine, click here

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