March 21, 2016 4:13 pm
Updated: March 22, 2016 3:01 am

Vancouverites to catch a glimpse of penumbral lunar eclipse Wednesday morning

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If you are an early riser and live in Metro Vancouver, you can look way up on Wednesday morning.

Between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and  7 a.m. on March 23, the moon will be eclipsed by the Earth, causing a visible shadow.

Astronomers at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver say this will be the only penumbral lunar eclipse until next year.

The penumbral lunar eclipse has two main components: the umbra and the penumbra.

The penumbra is the lighter part of the Earth’s shadow that covers a much larger region surrounding the umbra, a completely dark, central region.

The eclipse will be at its peak at roughly 5 a.m. when sky gazers can expect to see the moon change colour.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will be hosting a special pre-eclipse show and a session at the observatory, where space enthusiasts can learn the best methods and local areas to view the eclipse.

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