This year's only full lunar eclipse happened Wednesday morning and it was partially visible from North Texas.
A super blood moon is when a full lunar eclipse coincides with a supermoon, which is when the moon is particularly close to Earth and appears brighter than normal.
In all, the moon will take about three hours to pass through the Earth's shadow, called the penumbra. However, most of that will be considered a partial eclipse.
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For about 15 minutes, as the moon moves fully into Earth's shadow, the moon will appear to turn red. The color is the result of the sunrises and sunsets in Earth’s atmosphere projected onto the surface of the eclipsed moon.
At this time, there is a chance that clouds could obscure the view for some of us in North Texas come Wednesday morning.
Here are the times to see the different phases of the eclipse:
- Partial umbral eclipse begins at 4:45 am CDT
- Total eclipse begins at 6:11 am CDT
- Greatest eclipse is at 6:19 am CDT
- Total eclipse ends at 6:26 am CDT
- Partial umbral eclipse ends at 7:52 am CDT
This will be the only total lunar eclipse of 2021. However, there will be a partial eclipse that will be just shy of a total eclipse on November 19.
Sky gazers along the U.S. East Coast will be out of luck because the moon will be setting and the sun rising. Europe, Africa and western Asia will miss everything.
The moon will be more than 220,000 miles away at its fullest. It’s this proximity, combined with a full moon, that qualifies it as a supermoon, making it appear slightly bigger and more brilliant in the sky.
Unlike a solar eclipse, there’s no harm in looking at an eclipsed moon.