A celestial delight that is the real deal for skywatchers.
Nothing virtual happening here.
The weekend brings not only a full moon, but also a lunar eclipse.
Most of North and South America will be treated to the celestial phenomenon, as well as parts of southwestern Europe and Africa.
This will be a penumbral eclipse rather than a total lunar eclipse, meaning part of the moon will pass through the outer part of Earth’s shadow.
Around here, the eclipse will start at 11:07 p.m. Saturday, with the maximum effect at 12:20 a.m. Sunday. The eclipse ends just before 2 a.m.
The weather gods won’t disappoint. A clear sky is promised.
Not only is this weekend marked by a full moon and lunar eclipse, it also highlights the closest grouping of Saturn, Jupiter and the moon, forming a triangle.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, July’s full moon is called the “buck moon,” because early summer is when male deer grow new antlers. It’s also called the thunder moon because of summer storms that occur in July.