Lunar Eclipse Saturday

By Jennifer Lopez
|  Friday, Jun 25, 2010  |  Updated 4:49 PM CDT
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Lunar Eclipse Saturday

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LONDON - MARCH 03: A full moon sits in the nights sky prior to the total lunar eclipse on March 3, 2007 in London, England. For a little over an hour the earth passed between the sun and moon, casting a hue of red over it as the suns light is forced through the atmosphere. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

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The first of two lunar eclipses in 2010 will take place Saturday morning, the second one will be in December later this year. 

Best time to see the eclipse in North Texas will be in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 26, starting around 5 a.m. and ending around 6:30 a.m. 

The forecast for Saturday morning is calling for mostly cloudy skies, but hopefully there will be just enough breaks in the clouds to see the eclipse. 

According to examiner.com, "A lunar eclipse occurs at full moon when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in a straight line relative to each other so that, when the Sun hits the Earth, the Earth's shadow falls on the Moon." 

Also according to Nasa, low-hanging moons look "unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects."

The reason for this is not understood.

The effect will be particularly strong in western and central parts of the USA and Canada where the Moon will be setting as the eclipse reaches maximum. (Observing tip: Look low and to the west just before dawn.) 

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