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In South Sound, total lunar eclipse will be visible early on Oct. 8

Should sky conditions cooperate, South Sound residents should be able to see a total lunar eclipse in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Early forecasts call for partly cloudy conditions that day.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color once the moon is completely in the Earth’s shadow.

This will be the second in a series of four blood moon eclipses. This also is known as the hunter moon, being the first full moon after the harvest moon.

The partial eclipse is expected to begin about 2:15 a.m. PDT, with the total eclipse starting around 3:25 a.m. The eclipse will reach its peak at 3:55 a.m., and the total eclipse will come to an end at 4:24 a.m. The partial eclipse will come to an end at 5:34 a.m.

Given the time of the event, the moon will be high enough above the horizons for observers in the South Sound to watch the entire event.

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