Lunar eclipse forecast tonight: clear and cold

November 08, 2003

Clear skies and low temperatures are forecast in Maryland for tonight's total eclipse of the moon -- the first visible here in almost four years.

The full moon will begin moving into the darkest part of Earth's shadow at 6:32 p.m. Totality begins at 8:06 and will last 24 minutes. During that time the moon will appear a reddish or coppery color. Lunar eclipses are safe to watch, even with binoculars.

At 8:30 p.m., the moon will begin to re-emerge into direct sunlight, until it is fully illuminated again at 10:04. This will be the last eclipse visible here until October.

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