Total Lunar Eclipse This Saturday, April 4
This Saturday morning, a lunar eclipse occurs, most of which will be visible from Lubbock. Sometimes called a "Blood Moon" because of it's deep red color, the eclipsed Moon will set while still mostly eclipsed and should be a great display, weather permitting of course.
In Lubbock, the partial eclipse begins at 05:15 a.m. when Earth's shadow begins moving across the surface of the Moon. The eclipse will be total at 07:00 a.m., and the Moon will set in the west at 07:35, not long after the sunlight begins sweeping back across it's surface.
The best place to view the eclipse will be any location where you can see the horizon in the west. The eclipsed full Moon is a truly spectacular sight, and is many, many times dimmer than normal. The red color comes from sunlight being filtered through Earth's atmosphere, then reflecting off the Moon.
You may find more details about this event, and an animation of what it will look like on the horizon here.
This next lunar eclipse happens on the night of September 27-28, 2015, and will occur much higher in the sky. Details on that event are available here.
Take your family out to enjoy this awe-inspiring event!
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