Houston skies should be clear for Sunday's total lunar eclipse


This weekend, the Houston area will likely have a great opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse. The moon will pass through Earth's shadow Sunday evening, turning to a coppery red color just before midnight.

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And since the moon will be closer to Earth than normal, it may appear slightly larger - a "supermoon."

The first phase will begin about 9:30 p.m. and start to turn red around 10:30. The maximum eclipse will come at 11:11 p.m., and the event will end just before 1 a.m. Monday.

While there is a chance of clouds, there will most likely be breaks that allow for good viewing.

This eclipse will be a bit different from the one seen in October. This time, totality will last for nearly 90 minutes, compared with only 15 minutes in October.

The next total eclipse in Houston will be for early risers. An 85-minute-long event will happen Nov. 8, with the total eclipse phase occurring between 5:16 a.m. and 6:42 a.m.

There won't be another with an early evening viewing until March 2025.

And you'll need to wait 28 years, until 2050, for another long-duration total "supermoon" eclipse in Houston during the early evening.


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