If you enjoy watching celestial events you may want to catch the total lunar eclipse that will occur during the early morning of Saturday, April 4,
Saturday’s totality will be the shortest in a century. The partial phases will span some 3 1/2 hours starting at 2:01 am PDT, but totality will last less than five minutes beginning at 4:58 am PDT. If we have clear skies this will definitely be visible here in Revelstoke.
A total lunar eclipse occurs only during full moon phase when the Sun, Earth and Moon lie in a straight line. The Moon slips directly behind Earth into its shadow. The outer part of the shadow or penumbra is a mix of sunlight and shadow and only partially dark. From the inner shadow, called the umbra, the Sun is completely blocked from view. A small amount of sunlight refracted or bent by Earth’s atmosphere into the umbra, spills into the shadow, coloring the eclipsed Moon red.
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