A total lunar eclipse will grace the Washington skies on Sunday—if the clouds clear out and let the moon have its chance in the spotlight. Peak viewing starts just after 9pm.
The moon will become a burnt-orange-colored orb, known in almanacs as a blood moon, and will also appear larger than usual. This lunar eclipse occurs just before the moon reaches its closest point to the Earth during its nearly month-long cycle, so the orange coloring coincides with a supermoon.
The whole show will last about 85 minutes while the Earth blocks the sun’s shadow from the moon, and our extraterrestrial companion reflects sunlight refracted by our atmosphere
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