Total lunar eclipse and supermoon tonight

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A total lunar eclipse may be visible tonight for those in the Northern Plains lucky enough to be under clear skies.

The eclipse happens as a result of the Earth moving directly between the sun and the moon. This year it’s been nicknamed the “Super Blood Wolf Moon,” because sunlight refracted from the Earth’s atmosphere will give the moon a red hue.

Tonight is also the first supermoon of 2019, meaning the moon will appear larger than usual as a result of being closer to the Earth.

The eclipse is set to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. tonight, and last for three hours. The peak of the eclipse is expected to last from 10:41 p.m. to 11:43 p.m.

The next total lunar eclipse won’t be until 2021.

Tune in to Newscenter1 this evening for a full weather forecast and information about where the eclipse will be visible in the Black Hills area.







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