The moon turned brownish orange earlier this year during this eclipse on April 15, as seen from Los Angeles. The second total lunar eclipse in a series of four takes place early Wednesday morning. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
The moon turned brownish orange earlier this year during this eclipse on April 15, as seen from Los Angeles. The second total lunar eclipse in a series of four takes place early Wednesday morning. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)

COSTA RICA NEWS — The full moon will darken and grow reddish tonight during a total lunar eclipse that may help a fall meteor shower shine.

The edge of the Earth’s shadow will begin to pass over October’s full moon, traditionally called the Hunter’s Moon, at 2:15 a.m. Costa Rica time (Central Time). It will cover the moon for a total lunar eclipse lasting 59 minutes.

At that time, the moon will darken to a colour that could vary from orange to brown to red. Lunar eclipses are sometimes called blood moons — particularly fitting, perhaps, for a Hunter’s moon shortly before Halloween.

In Costa Rica. Erick Sanchez, instructor at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) Planetarium, said the eclipse may be seen from some areas of the country.

“The Pacific coast, especially Guanacaste or high mountains with no trees looking west. It’s like when you look for a clear sunset,” said Sanchez.

The UCR is having an explanatory talk at 6:00PM tonight, to give people a better understanding of the phenomenon. The event, to be held at the Ciudad de la Investigación de la UCR (Research City at the university in San Pedro) and open to the public.

For those who cannot get out of able to get a clear horizon tonight, NASA is covering the total Lunar Eclipse as it Slides Across the Pacific Ocean at the website http://live.slooh.com/

Source: La Nacion