Total lunar eclipse in Juneau's near future

For the first time in two years, Juneauites will be able to experience not just one, but two total lunar eclipses in 2014, according to Marie Drake Planetarium volunteer Steve Kocsis.

The first one will begin at 11:06 p.m. on Monday, April 14, when the full moons enters the umbra, the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow. The umbra will fully engulf the moon at 11:45 p.m. The moon will leave the shadow at 12:25 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. Depending on the small particles in the Earth’s atmosphere, including volcanic ash, forest fires and pollution, the color of the moon will range from dark grey to orange. The event it safe to watch and will unfold in less than 80 minutes.

The second lunar eclipse will take place the night of Oct. 8.

A partial solar eclipse will take place on Oct. 23 with a maximum of 70 percent of the sun being covered by the new moon.

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