What to know about tonight’s total lunar eclipse

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tonight’s full moon comes with two spectacular sights … that’s of course if the weather will cooperate. Early Wednesday morning, a supermoon will appear at the same time as a total lunar eclipse.

SUPERMOON & ECLIPSE

A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit around the earth brings it closer than usual, making the moon appear larger and brighter. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, sun, and Earth are aligned, causing the earth to cut off the sunlight reflected off the moon. Both are happening tonight and will be a sight to see! Anyone on the night- side of the Earth at the time of the eclipse can see these two events occurring. Of course, some areas will have a better view than others, and weather will play a factor. Parts of Australia, Japan, and the western U.S. will see most of the eclipse, while the Mid-South is expected to see about 85% of the total eclipse. This is due to the moon being partially below the horizon at the time of the eclipse.

WHEN TO LOOK

Locally, the eclipse will begin around 4:45 a.m. Central Time and reaching its maximum eclipse at 5:46 a.m. It won’t last long, as the moon will set shortly after 5:50 a.m. When the eclipse begins, you’ll notice a shadow appearing over the moon, and eventually a red tint will appear. Unlike a solar eclipse, there’s no harm in looking directly at the moon while the eclipse is ongoing.

THE FORECAST

Unfortunately, the weather is working against us, with increasing cloud cover and a chance of rain arriving Wednesday morning. If you’re able to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, we would love to see a picture!

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