How to view the “blood moon” total lunar eclipse

Unlike a solar eclipse, you won’t need special glasses to view tonight’s total lunar eclipse. You will, however, have to commit to getting up early – or not going to bed!

Starting just after 4am Tuesday morning, look toward the western sky and you will be able to see the beginning of the eclipse. As the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow, it will take a on a reddish hue, which is why a lunar eclipse is sometimes referred to as a “blood moon”. Clear skies and a fresh arriving dry (and cooler) airmass will set the stage for optimal viewing of the total lunar eclipse, which will be visible across all of Delmarva.

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Just after 5am the total eclipse phase will start as the moon completely passes within the earth’s shadow. The total eclipse phase will end just as the moon begins to set along the western horizon, therefore the moon’s transition back out of the Earth’s shadow won’t be visible.

It’s suggested to grab a set of binoculars or use a telescope to enhance the viewing experience. And if you miss this eclipse, you’ll have to wait till March of 2025 for the next chance to see one – weather permitting, of course!

 

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