The total lunar eclipse on Election Day will be the last in 3 years

The total lunar eclipse on Election Day will be the last in 3 years

Those awake in the wee hours of Election Day this year will be treated to a blood-red lunar eclipse — if the rain holds off long enough for Oregonians to see it.

The total lunar eclipse on the morning of Tuesday, November 8 will be the last for nearly three years, according to NASAas we come to the end of a cycle that has had one to two total lunar eclipses nearly every year from 2018 to 2022. last time in May.

Not all of those lunar eclipses were visible in the Pacific Northwest, but the one on Election Day definitely will be, with the entire western US in the path of totality, according to forecasts.

In Portland, the eclipse will technically begin just after midnight on November 8, by time and datethe partial phase begins at 1:09 a.m. with the total eclipse beginning at 2:16 a.m.

The big question, as always, is whether Oregonians will actually be able to see the astronomical event, or if the clouds will once again obscure it from view. The National Weather Service is is currently forecasting mostly cloudy skies Monday night into Tuesday morning in Portland, with a chance of showers. Anyone hoping to view the eclipse in Oregon might be better off heading east of the Cascade Mountains, though chances are slim even there — forecasters are calling for mostly cloudy skies from Bend to Pendleton and into Burns.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow on the face of the full moon. Refracted sunlight turns the moon a shade of red before it darkens completely.

Eclipses that do not cast the full shadow of the Moon are known as partial and penumbral lunar eclipses. A penumbral eclipse will take place over Oregon on March 24, 2024. ia partial eclipse next on September 17, 2024.

The next total lunar eclipse, which takes place on March 13, 2025it will also be visible from the Pacific Northwest – weather permitting.

—Jamie Hale

503-294-4077; [email protected]; @HaleJamesB

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