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Supermoon total lunar eclipse will be visible over the Pacific Northwest in late May


Oregon Live- A lunar eclipse this month will be a little more special than usual, occurring as the moon makes one of its closest approaches to the Earth all year.


The supermoon total lunar eclipse will take place in the early morning hours of May 26, and most of the event will be visible from the Pacific Northwest, according to astronomers.



A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, with the Earth’s shadow completely covering the moon. During a lunar eclipse the moon turns a vivid shade of red – an effect of refracted sunlight – before darkening completely.


This year’s total lunar eclipse will officially begin at 1:47 a.m. on May 26 in Portland, according to Time and Date, with the partial eclipse starting at 2:45 a.m. and the total eclipse beginning at 4:11 a.m. Totality is expected to last about 14 minutes before the shadow begins to gradually fade.



The tail end of the eclipse will not be visible from Portland, as the moon is forecast to set at 5:38 a.m. that morning, just after sunrise at 5:29 a.m.


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