Total lunar eclipse coming tonight |

Total lunar eclipse coming tonight

A total eclipse of the moon will occur tonight but cloud cover from incoming storms could make it difficult to see.

During a total lunar eclipse the moon can make a dramatic display of colors including bright orange to blood red to dark brown and sometimes very dark gray, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

An eclipse of the moon can only take place when completely full, and only if the moon passes through some portion of the earth’s shadow.

A partial eclipse will begin some time around 5:43 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and end around 9:09 p.m. The total eclipse will last from 7 p.m. to 8:51 p.m.

The last total lunar eclipse visible from the entire continental United States occurred on August 28, 2007. The next total lunar eclipse visible from North America will come on Dec. 21 2010.

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