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When you could see the lunar eclipse Sunday night

A total lunar eclipse of the full, flower moon will be visible across the entire DMV late Sunday night.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — When the sun, earth and moon are in alignment we are treated to a lunar eclipse. Sometimes they are partial but sometimes, like the one this Sunday night, they are total. 

On average, we can see a total lunar eclipse once just under every three years. If the weather cooperates here's what we will see.

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Around 10 p.m. the moon will just be entering the partial shadow, the penumbra. Until a bit after 10 p.m. nothing will be noticeably different.

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The full eclipse begins around 11:29 p.m. as the moon enters the umbra.

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The maximum total eclipse occurs at 12:12 a.m. The full eclipse ends at 12:53 a.m.

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The moon exits the penumbra at 2:30 a.m. Monday. 

The bottom line is the best viewing will be between 11:29 p.m. and 12:54 a.m. For best viewing move away from street lights and tall trees.


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