How to see Wednesday's lunar eclipse

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. But clouds or other atmospheric conditions can get in the way of a dramatic view.

Look to the western horizon starting at 6:25 a.m. for a chance to see the "blood moon" phenomenon that can occur during full lunar eclipses. Like with brilliant sunrises and sunsets, the reddish hue that the moon can take on depends on dust and other atmospheric conditions.

Partial eclipse begins at 5:15 a.m., causing a dimming of one side of the moon. Full eclipse begins an hour and 10 minutes later, at which point the reddish glow can start to appear.

The eclipse reaches its peak at 6:55 a.m., and the total eclipse ends at 7:24 a.m. In Baltimore, the moon will set before that, though, at 7:14 a.m. The western U.S. will see the moon go back to partial eclipse as it moves out of Earth's shadow.

In Baltimore, rain chances are expected overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. But clouds are forecast to clear early Wednesday morning, with any luck, before the eclipse.

But if clouds do get in the way, or if the moon becomes blocked by trees or buildings as it sinks into the horizon, there will be several live webcasts of the eclipse. The Coca-Colar Space Science Center, Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh Community Observatory will host webcasts.

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