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Written by Daryl Braun
Sky watchers are there to treat tonight. Manitoba Planetarium astronomer Scott Young explains what will happen around 9:30 or 10:00.
"We have a total lunar eclipse that will be seen throughout North America. It will be a good time to see the clockwork of the solar system happening right before your eyes. The moon will rise in the east just like the sun goes down and, when it gets darker, you will begin to notice that the shape of the moon will change throughout the night. Basically, the moon moves into the sun's shadow. "
Young said the total eclipse phase will begin just before 11:00, and will last for more than one hour. He noted that this eclipse will be very visible because there is also a supermoon, which means the moon will look bigger and brighter than usual. Furthermore, he said the timing of this eclipse would make it special.
"This one is a bit unusual just because it is so well placed for us here. Often, we will see the last part or it will start at night and the moon will set before it ends. This happens right after the moon rises and doesn't set until after incident, so we can see everything. "