The viewing sky forecast is uncertain, but there is hope to at least see a partial view of tonight's total Lunar Eclipse. Increasing cloudiness this evening may thicken and take away our view, but we may get lucky! It will be safe to view the Eclipse with a naked eye, but OMSI is sponsoring a viewing party this evening, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada.
On lookers will see the moon slide through the dark shadow of the Earth. The eclipse will begin at 9:55 p.m. and reach totality at 12:08, lasting for 73 minutes. As the moon exits the Earth's shadow, the eclipse will end at 2:32 a.m. During totality, the only light hitting the moon will be a reddish glow from all of Earth's sunrises and sunset. Lunar Eclipses are unique in that the color of the moon is uncertain until the show begins!
Tonight's viewing party is free. Jim Todd, director of space education at OMSI will be on site presenting informal talks and answering questions.
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