WARREN, NJ - Early Saturday morning the Earth will pass between the moon and the sun in the first total lunar eclipse of this year and Warren residents will have front row seats to the event.
Not only is this lunar eclipse the first one of 2015, it's also the shortest one of the 21st Century. The second lunar eclipse will take place on September 28.
The show will begin at 5:01 a.m. and continue until the moon sets beyond the horizon at 6:46 a.m.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes within Earth's shadow. As the eclipse begins, the Earth's shadow first darkens the moon slightly. Then, the shadow begins to "cover" part of the moon, turning it a dark red-brown color. The moon turns red during an eclipse because the sunlight is refracted, similar to the way it is bent during a sunset. Red is the longest wavelength our eyes can detect, so during a lunar eclipse the moon appears red because of the Earth's atmosphere, which only lets longer wavelengths of visible light through.
Lunar eclipses are safe to watch without protective wear, unlike solar eclipses.
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