Early Tuesday morning, the full moon will hide behind the shadow of the Earth for 73 minutes.
That’s a total lunar eclipse. During this time the Earth is directly between the sun and the moon. The sun’s rays create a glowing ring around the Earth, which when reflected on the moon gives it a reddish tint.
The eclipse begins at 9:55 p.m. Monday. The moon will start to be totally covered at 12:08 a.m. with the point of the greatest eclipse occurring at 12:46 a.m.
OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd says it’s the first of two total lunar eclipses this year.
“It can be viewed just about from any location, from your backyard, to a parking lot, or out in the country. And the best thing is that it’s safe to look at, whereas a solar eclipse you have to have special devices and filters and so on. With a lunar eclipse you don’t have to worry about that at all.”
OMSI will host a free viewing of the lunar eclipse Monday night at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. The gathering starts at 9:30 p.m.
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