Skywatchers are in for a treat this weekend, as a lunar eclipse occurs with this Sunday’s full moon.
According to NASA, a lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon align so that the moon passes into the earth’s shadow. In a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon falls within the darkest part of earth’s shadow, called the umbra. When the moon is within the umbra, it will turn a reddish hue, giving it the name “Blood Moon”.
This week’s full moon is also known as a “Flower Moon” due to the “flowers [that] spring forth across North America in abundance this month,” as the Old Farmer’s Almanac said.
The eclipse should last over an hour, reaching totality (or full coverage by the Earth’s shadow) between around 10:30 and midnight. At 10:30 pm CT, the entire moon will be in the earth’s umbra, causing it to turn a coppery-red color.
If you can’t get outside or can’t see the eclipse, NASA will be live streaming the event to viewers from around the world.