By Terry E. Cohen
For early birds and skygazers in the Chapel Hill area, 3:02 a.m. EST on Nov. 8 begins the last total lunar eclipse to be seen not just this year, but also until 2025. Known as the Beaver Blood Moon, the eclipse reaches maximum coverage at 5:59 a.m., with the moon fully unveiled again at 6:51 a.m.
“Blood moons” are so named for their reddish hue, caused by Earth’s atmospheric effects on light. The “beaver” part is attached to the first full moon of November because of beavers’ preparation for the winter.
According to NASA, the last phase when the moon returns to partial eclipse will be partly or mostly missed in the Eastern United states due to moonset. According to Chapel Hill’s forecast, the weather could not be more perfect—clear skies, almost no chance of precipitation, with crisp autumn temps in the mid- to high-50s.
The celestial event precedes a picture-perfect day and evening for Election Day.
Terry E. Cohen is the editor of The Local Reporter. She also writes articles for a global media firm on topics related to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) in business and industry.
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