A Total Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible in St. Louis Tuesday

Catch a blood moon on Election Day morning

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click to enlarge Lunar Eclipse 27 VII 2018. A blood moon will be viewable on Sunday night. - B.K. Blood Moon / Flickr
Lunar Eclipse 27 VII 2018. A blood moon will be viewable on Sunday night.

Depending on your superstitions, this coming Election Day may be an ominous one. In the morning on Tuesday, November 8, there will be a blood moon, visible between 4:59 a.m. and 5:41 a.m.

While a blood moon sounds like a great time to practice witchcraft, it is actually just a lunar eclipse, when the moon moves into the Earth's shadow and becomes a coppery red color. The last total lunar eclipse was visible in St. Louis in May.

For early risers, the blood moon should be visible in the southwest if the skies are clear. Lunar eclipses are visible to the naked eye, but for a close-up view you can also use a telescope or even binoculars.

The eclipse begins with the moon entering the Earth’s penumbra, or the edges of the Earth’s shadow, around 2:02 a.m.  The moon will start to turn red as it enters the Earth’s umbra, or deep shadow, from 4:16 to 4:59 a.m. when the eclipse will be at its peak. All eclipsing will be finished by 5:41 a.m.

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Rosalind Early

Rosalind is the editor-in-chief of the Riverfront Times. She formerly worked for Washington University's alumni magazine and St. Louis Magazine. In 2018, she was selected as a Rising Leader of Color by the Theatre Communications Group. In 2014, she was selected as an Emerging Leader by FOCUS St. Louis. Her work...
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