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Kamloops, Okanagan skies may clear for last lunar eclipse for years

A lunar eclipse.

While skies are obscured by clouds and snow this evening, there’s a chance there will be enough clearing by early morning to see the lunar eclipse.

The Weather Channel shows the skies turning to mostly cloudy by midnight in Kamloops and Vernon. That clearing isn’t expected to hit Kelowna until about 2 a.m. and those further south are likely to still have cloudy skies.

The total eclipse of the moon will happen between 2:16 a.m. to 3:41 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 8. It’s not going to happen again until March 14, 2025.

The eclipse will start just after midnight and last until 5:56 a.m. It is deemed a total eclipse for 85 minutes, reaching its maximum at 2:59 a.m.

While the sunlight's direct path to the moon is blocked by the earth, some light will still be able to indirectly reach the surface of the moon through an effect known as Rayleigh scattering, and that causes it to glow reddish-orange.

During the partially eclipsed phase, the round shape of the earth will cast a shadow on the moon. The moon will only appear red while it’s totally eclipsed.

READ MORE: Last total lunar eclipse for three years arrives Tuesday

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