GREENSBORO, N.C. — Another lunar eclipse is happening this weekend. The last event was back in November during our GMS show. The same questions we had back then return again: will the weather cooperate or will it tamper with the view? The total eclipse will be from 11:29 p.m. Sunday to 12:52 a.m. Monday, peaking at 12:11 a.m. The partial eclipse is from 10:27 p.m. to 1:55 a.m.
Lunar eclipses are safe to watch without glasses! Unlike the solar eclipse, during the lunar eclipse, the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow. This can only happen during a full moon which is why the event is so rare. So, they happen about twice a year. The full moon on Monday is called the Full Flower Moon. It is named for the flowers being so abundant during this time of year!
The eclipse is produced as red wavelengths of sunlight filter through the Earth's atmosphere reaching the moon's surface The interesting thing about this sighting is that the color of the eclipse will not be known until it happens. Some contributing factors include particular matter from forest fires or volcanic activity! These particles could scatter more light making the eclipse appears more deep red.
Unfortunately, the clouds may make it more difficult to spot the event. A cold front will make for some additional clouds in the sky which may block us in the Central Piedmont from seeing it. However, if this happens, it's still possible to view the lunar eclipse elsewhere like on the NASA livestream.