If you want to see a total lunar eclipse, get up early on Monday | science and planet

A total lunar eclipse will occur early Monday morning. However, if you want to watch, you will have to get up early.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the Earth’s shadow. Then our planet stands between the sun and a natural satellite.

In a total lunar eclipse, direct sunlight cannot reach the moon. Red sunlight that crosses the Earth and is deflected by Earth’s atmosphere still falls on the Moon, which glows red.

On Monday, the moon enters the shadow of the Earth’s core between 5:29 a.m. and 6:54 a.m.

In a total lunar eclipse, the red sunlight passing through Earth and deflected by Earth’s atmosphere still hits the Moon, giving it a red glow. © ANP

Since the moon sets at 5.53 a.m. and the sun rises at 5.52 a.m., this lunar eclipse will only be visible partially and under difficult conditions (because it is close to the horizon), warns the general observatory Urania in Hof. The General Observatory Mira in Grimbergen also makes this point.

To be able to see this phenomenon, the weather conditions must also be favorable. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is forecasting a chance of scattered rain, possibly accompanied by thunderstorms, tonight from Sunday to Monday.

Illustration: Total vs. partial lunar eclipse.
Illustration: Total vs. partial lunar eclipse. © NASA

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