Clouds expected to spoil lunar eclipse for Lowcountry

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 14, 2014 

April 15's lunar eclipse is expected to blocked from the Lowcountry's view by clouds.


Clouds are expected to spoil Tuesday morning's lunar eclipse for Beaufort and Jasper county sky watchers.

The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 can be seen outside anywhere on the East Coast from 1:30 to 5:30 a.m. Tuesday -- unless clouds get in the way.

The good news is that another lunar eclipse will take place Oct. 8.

For the latest forecast, visit our weather page.

What is a lunar eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow over the moon's surface, according to NASA. A total eclipse finds the moon completely covered by the Earth's shadow.

What does an eclipse look like?

The moon has no light of its own. The light you see is sunlight reflected from the moon's surface. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the moon, but indirect light still gets through and makes it glow.

As sunlight passes through the Earth's atmosphere, it causes the moon to appear to change color during a total eclipse. Colors range from gray to deep red and depend on the amount of dust and particles in the atmosphere. If the Earth had no atmosphere, the moon would be completely black during a total eclipse.

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