Look at the sky on Sunday night. A rare total lunar eclipse will occur from 10 p.m. and it will be visible from Georgia.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Eboni Deon I went to the Tellus Science Museum to learn what makes the eclipse of this weekend so unique.
"A total lunar eclipse occurs only at the time of the full moon and when you have the sun, moon and earth aligned in a straight line," astronomer David Dundee told Deon.
"January is a good time for a lunar eclipse because the trajectory of the moon will be very high."
A lunar eclipse occurs several times a year, but it is not always visible in the same part of the planet. During most months, when there is a full moon, the shadow of the Earth is lost.
The eclipse of Sunday will be visible to the entire Western Hemisphere, even here in northern Georgia. This weekend there will also be a super moon during the eclipse, which will appear reddish.
"You will see it grow dark, it will not become completely black because the earth has an atmosphere," said Dundee. "The hue of red that comes back depends on the cloud layer, the dust that is in the air that day."
The best viewing times for Georgia will be 10:30 p.m. Sunday until around 1 a.m. Monday.
The good news is that you do not need any additional equipment or special filters. It is as safe to observe the lunar eclipse as to watch the full moon.
The next total lunar eclipse for Georgia is in May 2021.
"It will be warmer then, but the way of the moon in the sky is lower, so the visualization will not be as pleasant as this Sunday," said Dundee.
For more information about the total lunar eclipse events that occur at the Tellus Science Center, you can visit their site here.
TIMES OF ECLIPSE:
- The partial eclipse begins 10:33 p.m. Oriental
- The total eclipse begins 11:41 p.m. Oriental
- End Eclipse Total 12:43 a.m. this (1 hour, 1 minute, 59 seconds)
- End of Partial Eclipse 1:50 a.m. this (3 hours, 16 minutes and 45 seconds)
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