January 24, 2021

SOUTH DAKOTAS WEATHER IS ALWAYS ON OUR RADAR

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Partial Eclipse of the Moon

UNITED STATES - Tonight's sky will have a treat instore for those who stay up late to observe the event.  A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will start during the early morning hours tomorrow and last for several hours.

112920A

The eclipse will begin shortly after 1:30 am CST and be at its peak at around 3:42 am CST. The eclipse ending will come shortly before 6:00 am CST with sunrise about an hour and forty minutes later.

What is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse? This type of lunar eclipse is often mistaken for a regular full moon. Tonight the moon will pass through the Earth's penumbra shadow, partly dimming the moon's light. During a regular lunar eclipse, the moon would pass through the Earth's Umbra or the Earth's shadow's full effect. This type of eclipse won't happen until May 26th, 2021. Unfortunately, those in eastern South Dakota will only see the start of the full lunar eclipses as the moon will drop below the horizon and out of view.

Eclipse Chart

Upcoming Eclipse Events:

Aberdeen:
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:  November 30th, 2020 at 1:32am - 5:53am CST
Partial Lunar Eclipse:  May 26th, 2021 at 3:47am to 5:59am CST (Moonset)
Partial Solar Eclipse:  June 10th, 2021 at 5:45am (Sunrise) to 5:50am CST

Rapid City:
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:  November 30th, 2020 at 12:32am - 4:53am MST
Total Lunar Eclipse:  May 26th, 2021 at 2:47am to 5:23am MST (Moonset)
Mostly Total Lunar Eclipse:  November 18th, 2021 at 11:02pm to November 19th, 2021 at 5:03am MST.

Sioux Falls:
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:  November 30th, 2020 at 1:32am - 5:53am CST
Partial Lunar Eclipse:  May 26th, 2021 at 3:47am to 5:58am CST (Moonset)
Partial Solar Eclipse:  June 10th, 2021 at 5:45am (Sunrise) to 5:47am CST