TEMPLE, Texas — Cue Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" stargazers! This weekend, a total lunar eclipse is happening and will be visible from Texas!
The eclipse will happen on Sunday, May 15. Below are the times you'll be able to observe this phenomenon. But first...
What is a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through Earth's shadow, or "umbra," according to NASA. As it does, the moon will turn "red," thus giving it the nickname, a "Blood Moon," NASA said.
This can only happen when the Sun, Earth and moon are aligned, NASA says. What makes it a "total lunar eclipse" is when there is a full moon.
How can you observe the eclipse?
Luckily, you do not need any protective eyewear to see a lunar eclipse. You can view it with the naked eye, but if you want to see it more up close, you can use binoculars or a telescope.
Below is a map showing where the lunar eclipse will be visible. As you can see, Texas is lucky enough to observe a total lunar eclipse.
What time will the lunar eclipse happen in Central Texas?
If the weather permits, this lunar event will happen for a total of 5 hours and 19 minutes. Totality is expected to last about an hour and a half.
Below is a timeline of when the eclipse begins and ends on Sunday, May 15 according to timeanddate.com:
- 8:32 p.m. – Penumbral eclipse begins
- 9:27 p.m. – Partial eclipse begins
- 10:29 p.m. – Full eclipse begins
- 11:11 p.m. – Maximum eclipse
- 11:53 p.m. – Full eclipse ends
- 12:55 a.m. – Partial eclipse ends
- 1:50 a.m. – Penumbral eclipse ends
If you cannot view it outside, NASA will also be livestreaming the event.
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