Total lunar eclipse coming Wednesday morning

Solar eclipse at Cincinnati Observatory

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Much of North American will see a rare astronomical treat on Wednesday – a total lunar eclipse.

The eclipse, a period when the earth, moon and sun align, begins at 5:15 a.m. and could last until 7:45 a.m. The moon has potential to turn a burnt shade of orange during the celestial event, called a 'Blood Moon' by some.

Viewing the eclipse depends of the cooperation of the weather. Because of clouds, it has been hard to spot a local lunar eclipse since 2008, according to Dean Regas the Cincinnati Observatory's Outreach Astronomer.

Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer says while we can expect some clouds Wednesday morning, there should be enough of a clearing to spot the eclipse. The southeastern areas of the FOX19 NOW viewing area will have the thickest cloud cover.

The Cincinnati Observatory invites anyone to wake up early and watch the show in the sky at their facility. Reservations are not required and a $5 donation is suggested.

This will be the second lunar eclipse of 2014. NASA says the other occurred on April 15.

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