A Hunter's Moon and lunar eclipse all in one evening Friday

(Image from NASA)

The full moon will rise in the sky on Friday evening. In October, the full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon. The moonrise in Eau Claire is at 6:05 PM on the evening of October 18th. The moon will be at its fullest at 6:38 PM.

Sunset in Eau Claire on Friday is at 6:16 PM. Provided that we don’t see too many clouds tomorrow evening; we will be able to catch a glimpse of a lunar eclipse that is also happening Friday evening. At this point it looks like skies will be partly cloudy.

I will say though this is a pretty minor eclipse event. This will be a “penumbral” lunar eclipse. Over the course of four hours on Friday evening, at least some part of the southern portion of the moon will appear slightly darker or smudged in appearance. This is from the moon passing over the edge of Earth's shadow, but because of the alignment of the Sun, Earth, and moon it won't be as impressive as a total or partial lunar eclipse. You’ll have to look hard, but the best time to see this shadowy smudge will be within minutes of the peak of the eclipse, which will occur at 6:50 PM. Unfortunately, for us in the Midwest, this isn't too long after sunset and moonrise so the viewing may be really, really difficult for us. The best viewing will be more on the East Coast. Happy moon-gazing!

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