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Lunar Eclipse this Sunday

Posted at 6:41 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 19:41:49-05

The Coastal Bend, as well as all of North America, will experience a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night. The sun shines light on the earth and the moon—this is experienced as daytime for us on Earth. On the backside of the earth, where the sunlight isn’t hitting, it’s dark—nighttime. Occasionally, the moon moves directly behind the earth, so that the earth is blocking the sunlight from the moon. This is a lunar eclipse, when the moon goes almost completely dark with a slight burnt orange tint to it.

The eclipse will start at 8:36 on Sunday evening. You’ll see the full moon at this time, but it will gradually start to go dark. The eclipse will be at its peak at 11:12 p.m. This is when the moon will be near total darkness. It all wraps up around 1:48 a.m. when the moon is back to appearing as a full moon.

The forecast looks fantastic for viewing with mostly clear skies in the forecast for Sunday night, though it will be cold—temperatures in the 40s.