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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019. 8:47 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the first and only total lunar eclipse for this year is happening tonight.

It is scheduled to begin at 9:36 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) which is 8:36 p.m. in Belize as the earth begins to enter the pathway between the sun and the moon.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes directly between the sun and the moon and blocks most of the light from the sun. Although the whole show starts at 9:36 p.m. ET (8:36 p.m. Belize time), tonight’s lunar eclipse will peak at 11:41 p.m. ET which is 10:41 p.m. Belize time.

At the peak of the eclipse, when the earth sits right between the sun and the moon, the moon will turn a shade of red, known as ‘blood red’. This is because some of the light from the sun still passes around the outer surface of the earth and hits the moon. As a result the moon does not go fully black as it does during a solar eclipse.

Additionally, the moon will be a bit closer to earth than it normally is, and this makes this lunar eclipse particularly unique.

People who live in North and South America will be able to see the full show.

BBN readers are encouraged to take photos and share them on BBN’s Facebook page.

According to NASA, the lunar eclipse timings are as follows:

9:36PM ET: Moon enters Earth’s penumbra.
10:33PM ET: Moon enters umbra.
11:41PM ET: Moon is fully inside umbra.
12:43AM ET: Moon leaves umbra.
1:50AM ET: Moon completely out of the umbra.
2:48AM ET: Moon completely out of the penumbra. Lunar eclipse is over.

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