Will it be visible in Tampa Bay?

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years will be early Friday morning – but will the weather allow us to see it in Tampa Bay?

According to NASA, up to about 99% of the moon’s disk will be in the darkest part of Earth’s shadow – known as shadow – during the night, making it a lunar eclipse. “almost total”. During the eclipse, the moon will appear in a reddish orange color.

The full moon will begin to slip away around 2:19 a.m. EST Friday, according to NASA, but the red coloring won’t be visible until around 3:45 a.m., when more than 95% of the moon is in shadow. The eclipse peaks at 4:03 am, which is the best time to see the color red. The red color will fade at 4:20 a.m. and the eclipse will be over at 5:47 a.m.

Unfortunately for astronomers in the Tampa Bay area, the skies are expected to remain cloudy until Thursday evening and early Friday morning when the eclipse occurs.

If you still want to see the eclipse, you can watch it in the player below.

“I think the clouds will stay. I hate to give bad news on occasions like this, but it looks like we’ll have pretty thick cloud cover across the state of Florida overnight, ”Max Defender 8 meteorologist Amanda said. Holly. “Will there be breaks in the clouds?” Yes, but it’s really hard to say if these ruptures will occur during the lunar eclipse, and if the ruptures will occur where the moon is.

Friday morning’s eclipse will be the last lunar eclipse of 2021.

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