Apr 9, 2014 10:03 AM by Stephen Bowers
April's full moon will not be a typical full moon. The sun, the moon, and Earth will line up perfectly for a total eclipse of the moon, the first TOTAL lunar eclipse since 2011. NASA says the eclipse will be visible over nearly all of North America and South America and will coincide with night to make for optimal viewing.
Colorado will be in a great position to see the eclipse in its entirety. It will begin around midnight the night of April 14 in Colorado and peak at around 1:45 AM MDT (early morning April 15). At the peak, the moon often glows a rusty red.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the shadow cast by Earth. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the middle of Earth's shadow, causing the moon to become enshrouded by total darkness, aside from that trademark red glow.
NASA provided the image below, indicating the progression of the eclipse. The times in the image are in Eastern Time. For Mountain Time, subtract two hours.
NASA says the next total lunar eclipse visible in ALL of North America will be in 2019.
Again, the time to watch in Colorado is Monday night beginning around midnight. Grab a jacket, a lawn chair, and a good pair of binoculars and enjoy!