The Celestial bodies are going to form a lunar eclipse this weekend. However, it will be covered with clouds over Portland that might block the view. Experts have revealed that the penumbral lunar eclipse will take place from late Sunday night to early morning on Monday. Experts at NASA have said that it will gradually darken the face of the moon for more than four hours. It is considered the second lunar eclipse in Oregon this year. The first penumbral lunar eclipse has been seen in July this year. A lunar eclipse happens when the shadow of the earth covers the face of the moon. It can only occur at a full moon, when the sun, moon, and earth align together. However, a penumbral lunar eclipse has a much slight effect as compared to a total and a partial eclipse.
Scientists say that during the penumbral lunar eclipse, the face of the moon does not darken completely. Some people might not be able to notice a difference at all. The second penumbral lunar eclipse in Oregon will start at 11:32 PM on Sunday. It will reach the maximum eclipse around 1:42 AM on Monday. Due to the cloud cover, people in Portland might not be able to see this eclipse, said the experts. The National Weather Service has released a forecast stating that there will be a clear sky during the day on Sunday; nevertheless, there is a possibility that clouds will roll in overnight.
Astronomers have revealed that there will be two more lunar eclipses in the Pacific Northwest over the next year. As per the data, a total lunar eclipse will occur on May 26 2021 in the wee hours of the morning. A partial lunar eclipse as well will happen on November 18 and 19 2021 across the United States. The Chief of Space Science Education at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Dr. Jim Todd has said that a solar eclipse always happens at least two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, however, this year a total solar eclipse will be visible on Dec 14. It will be visible only from Chile and some regions of Argentina. Some parts of South America, southwest America, and Antarctica as well will be able to view a partial solar eclipse.