The year’s second lunar eclipse is just hours away.
The Blood Moon will take place early Wednesday morning and should be visible for most of WGN’s viewing area.
Tom Skilling says it will be 2014’s second of four lunar eclipse and it takes place beginning at 5:25am Wednesday morning and is to run through 6:24 am, according to NASA. Its proximity with sunrise contributes to the “blood red color” for which it is named.
The moon’s orbit places it closer to earth than usual which should lead to the disc of the moon appearing 5.3% larger than during the last blood moon eclipse in April.
Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will host a viewing party beginning at 3:30 a.m. The free event includes telescope viewing from the planetarium lawn, lectures by astronomers and refreshments.