Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse Viewing May Be Tough With Cloudy Skies

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Have you heard the buzz about a “blood moon” tonight? Sounds like something out of a sci-fi or vampire movie, but in actuality it is simply a lunar eclipse. It is fairly rare that we get to see a total lunar eclipse, in fact it has been since 2011 since one occurred in North America.

So what’s the deal with the term “blood moon?”

An eclipse happens when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. The color of Earth’s shadow is typically a reddish hue, depending mostly on the amount of volcanic ash and other aerosols in our stratosphere. This go around, our atmosphere is actually rather clean and clear so instead of blood-red, the moon may appear more orange.

Before I go through the whole timeline for viewing tonight I should mention that for many in Southern New England, there won’t be much to see. Unfortunately, some…

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