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Lunar Eclipse Viewing In Sacramento

Photo Courtesy of NASA
 

Photo Courtesy of NASA

Forecasters say the weather in Sacramento will allow people to have clear views of the lunar eclipse Monday night.

A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through Earth's shadow, cutting off sunlight that's usually cast on the full moon. The lunar eclipse will start at about 10 p.m. in California, according to NASA.

The partial eclipse begins just before 11 p.m. Between 12 a.m. until about 1:30 a.m. , the moon will enter the umbra and will be in total eclipse. During this period, viewers will be able to see the moon in a variety of colors -- from grey to bright orange, which some call the "blood moon."

In Sacramento, the eclipse will peak at about 12:46 a.m. 

Officials say people can view the eclipse anywhere the full moon is visible. If you plan on being outside, it is best to wear clothing suitable for nighttime weather. A chair, lounge, blanket or sleeping bag may make the viewing more comfortable if you plan on watching the entire event.

Where do you plan to view the lunar eclipse? Let us know in the comments section below. Or, take a look at CBS Sacramento's list of Best Places for Stargazing in Sacramento.

Check out this this livestream of the lunar eclipse:

-Capital Public Radio Staff