Residents of Northeast Kansas should be able to squeeze in a view of lunar eclipse early Wednesday morning. Our area is in prime viewing for the event, but a few passing high clouds may try to obscure the view.
Provided we have clear skies late in the night, the Full Moon will be passing through the shadow of the Earth. When that happens, most of the light that normally hits the Moon from the Sun is blocked. Rather than complete blacking it out, a little bit of light that bends through Earth’s atmosphere (primarily in the red spectrum of light) continues across space and hits the surface of the Moon. That gives the Moon its copper-red hue and has many dubbing these lunar eclipses as a “Blood Moon.”
TIMELINE OF TONIGHT’S LUNAR ECLIPSE: (all times Central)
- Darkness starts to spread across the Moon: 4:14am
- Totality begins: 5:25am
- Totality ends: 6:25am
- Darkness leaves the disk of the Moon: 7:34am
- LOCAL SUNRISE: 7:25am, which will effectively end our viewing
If this seems like we just had one of these events, then you remember correctly. This is the second of a grouping of four lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015. The first occurred in April 2014, this event for Wednesday morning, followed by lunar eclipses in April 2015 and September 2015.