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Manitoba in store for total lunar eclipse Sunday

Moon
. Photo credit: Zac Klassen

WINNIPEG — If mother nature plays along, Sunday night could be one of the last total lunar eclipses we will see for some time.

Clear skies will make for the best viewing which will begin with the moonrise at 7:10 p.m. The current forecast sees a bit of cloud through the day Sunday, and clearing in the evening so keep your fingers crossed.

During the eclipse, the moon will move into the Earth’s shadow and turn a shade of red and be visible right across Canada.

“We don’t know whether it’ll be a dark red or a pale red or a “salmony” red,” said Jay Anderson, President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. “I would guess “salmony” red right around this time.”

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You have a couple of hours to catch it outside as well with the eclipse wrapping up by 11:30 p.m.

If you are looking to catch some photos of the event, you won’t want to miss it. Anderson says it will be the last one we’ll see for a while. “They come in little clusters every now and then. There’s always two, at least two lunar eclipses every year but the next few ones will be visible in only in other parts of the world.”

Those interested in viewing the eclipse with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada can head to Assiniboine Park, north of the Pavilion on the sidewalk to the footbridge. That’s where members will be camped out for the perfect viewing.

People are being asked to show up around 8 p.m. and reminded to dress warmly.