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Video: Best time to watch the lunar eclipse on West Coast

This video shows you the moon moving right to left, passing the penumbra and umbra, leaving in its wake an eclipse diagram with the times at various stages of the eclipse - all in Pacific Daylight Time.
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This video shows you the moon moving right to left, passing the penumbra and umbra, leaving in its wake an eclipse diagram with the times at various stages of the eclipse - all in Pacific Daylight Time.

Sacramento’s warm and rainless weather continues this weekend, but clouds could get in the way of Sunday’s spectacular lunar eclipse.

“It might be a little iffy to see it,” said Eric Kurth, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Sacramento station. “Some (weather) models show a band of medium and high clouds, stretching from Interstate 80 south. You’ll have a better chance (to watch the eclipse) further up north, above Chico or Redding. But if you’re in Stockton, you’ll see clouds.”

The rare “super moon” eclipse will be at its peak at 7:11 p.m. Sunday, shortly after the 6:55 p.m. sunset. According to NASA, North America hasn’t seen a full lunar eclipse of this sort – with the full moon at its closest point to the Earth – since 1982.

There’s no chance of a rain in the forecast, but pesky clouds could spoil the view in the Sacramento area.

“Sacramento will be on the edge of this cloud bank,” Kurth said. “We may still be able to see the moon poke through. These clouds usually are not that opaque. The further north you go, the better the view.”

It is something of a rarity when a supermoon and lunar eclipse occur at the same time. The next simultaneous aligning of the two won’t be repeated until 2033 and the last one was in 1982.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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