The first of two lunar eclipses in CNY occurs late this Sunday night, and the next one won’t occur until November 8th late this year. I wouldn’t hold my breath for a good view of the November eclipse though since it is climatologically one of the cloudiest months of the year.

May 15th into early the 16th a total lunar eclipse takes place across portions of North America, including right here in CNY, and it will coincide with a full blood moon.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you don’t need any special equipment to view the (partial) lunar eclipse.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of what to expect and when from NASA…

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If it happens to be cloudy, which it does not look like it’s going to be, you can view it online here.

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A total lunar eclipse is when the inner part of the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, turning the moon red.

A partial lunar eclipse is when the sun, earth and moon aren’t totally lined up. The result looks like the shadow takes a bite out of the moon.

A penumbral lunar eclipse may be the least interesting type. This is when only the lighter, outer part of the earth’s shadow falls on the moon’s face. It is a very subtle change; only very observant eyes will notice a slight shading on the moon’s surface.