Total Lunar Eclipse Overshadows Moon Sunday, Clouds Threaten Boston's View

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Western Hampshire on May 15 to 16, but Greater Boston area residents looking to crane their necks to the night's sky may have their plans soiled by overcast Sunday night.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a lunar eclipse happens when the Earth moves in between the sun and moon, casting a shadow on the moon either partially or totally. A total lunar eclipse, the type happening Sunday night, occurs when the moon and sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth.

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During a total lunar eclipse some sunlight still reaches the moon, but because it travels through the Earth's atmosphere first, most of the blue light is filtered out, leaving a moon that appears red to us. NASA says a total lunar eclipse is a rare ordeal, with at least two partial lunar eclipses happening every year. Officials say that the eclipse will last between the hours of 11 p.m. to midnight, Sunday into Monday.

Though Boston viewers may miss the spectacle because of cloudy weather. The National Weather Service says that Boston's Sunday night forecast details an increase in clouds, with patchy fog rolling in after midnight.

NASA says they will be livestreaming the eclipse on their YouTube page.

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