Total Lunar Eclipse to Be Visible from New Jersey Sunday Night

Need an excuse to stay up late Sunday night? Here’s one. The year’s first total lunar eclipse will be visible from New Jersey – including Lakewood and surrounding areas – during which the moon’s color will turn to an eerie copperish red.

The eclipse will be visible for a big chunk of Earth, with an estimated 2.7 billion people in the line of observation for the celestial event.

Shortly after sunset, the left-hand side of the moon will begin appearing dusky. Then, at 10:28 pm, the Moon will begin entering Earth’s central shadow, and it will start to look like someone took a big bite out of our natural satellite.

Once the Moon is about three-quarters into Earth’s shadow, it will begin to look reddish. The eclipse will begin to peak at 11:29 pm and end at around 12:12 am. It will remain reddish in color until after 1 am. The lunar eclipse ends at 1:56 am.

You do not need any fancy equipment to watch a lunar eclipse – it is perfectly safe to watch without special glasses. However, using binoculars or a backyard telescope can help you see the deep redness of the Moon during the eclipse.

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