Lunar eclipse scheduled for Sunday evening; professor at Wheaton in Norton says it will be “very cool” | Local News

A total lunar eclipse arrives Sunday evening and promises to be a cosmic wonder if the weather is favorable for viewing.

The full moon will be in a “Super Moon” phase as well as a “Blood Moon” phase, which means it will be red in appearance.

The eclipse is expected to begin around 9:30 p.m. and continue through the early morning hours Monday, and if the weather holds, it will be visible across most of North America.

The weather forecast in these regions, however, calls for possible cloudy skies on Sunday evening.

A lunar eclipse involves the earth passing between the moon and the sun, with the earth’s shadow sweeping across the moon.

“A total lunar eclipse is always very cool,” said Dipankar Maitra, associate professor of astronomy at Wheaton College in Norton, although he admitted he finds total solar eclipses “the coolest”.

“I would definitely watch it and encourage everyone to watch this amazing phenomenon,” Maitra said. “Whether you use only your eyes, a pair of binoculars or a telescope, the eclipsed moon will be spectacular.”

The moon will be quite low in the sky for this area when the eclipse begins.

“This can provide photographers with exciting opportunities to frame the fully eclipsed moon with interesting terrestrial objects in the foreground,” Maitra said. “I expect to see incredible images in the days following the eclipse. Personally, I will have my eyes glued to the eyepiece of my telescope.

Although Wheaton restarted his open nights at his observatory at the start of the spring semester, now that the semester is over, those are over.

“We are not holding any public events related to the eclipse because most students will have left campus by then,” Maitra said. He noted that the eclipse will occur quite late in the evening – the total eclipse begins around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and the maximum eclipse occurs shortly after midnight.

This is the first of two total lunar eclipses visible from the United States this year. The next one is November 7.

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