BLOOD MOON: Ohio gets nice view of Lunar Eclipse

Posted at 9:58 PM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 21:58:37-04

Northern Ohio should get a great view of this weekend's full lunar eclipse.

Sunday evening, the Earth will move between the sun and the full September moon.

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The Earth will then begin to cast an eerie shadow over the moon, as it blocks the light from reaching the surface of our orbiting rocky satellite.

Even though the moon is totally in the Earth's shadow, there is a little sunlight that bends around the Earth's atmosphere.

This causes the moon to look red to our naked eye. This is also why the phenomena is known as the "Blood Moon."

The eclipse will begin here in Northern Ohio at 9:07 pm. on Sunday. 

That's when the Earth's shadow will begin to encroach over the moon from the left-hand side.

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The eclipse will reach totality at 10:11 pm. This will last 1 hour and 12 minutes.

It will end just after midnight.

This year's lunar eclipse also occurs during a "Supermoon" - meaning the moon is closer in its orbit to Earth.

So, the moon appears 14 percent larger in the sky.

The Supermoon/Eclipse combination hasn't happened in 32 years and won't happen again for another 18 years.

Don't worry about a telescope, this eclipse will visible just by looking up.

Some see the Blood Moon as a bad omen. They are expecting a major event to happen on the day of the Full Moon.

Only time will tell. In the meantime, sit back. Relax. Enjoy the lunar show!


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