A lunar eclipse appears behind a gargoyle atop the old red Dallas County Courthouse early Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014. The moon appears orange or red, the result of sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere. This is known as the blood moon. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 04: A blood red moon lights up the sky during a total lunar eclipse on April 4, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. The shortest total lunar eclipse, or “blood moon”, of the century will last just a few minutes. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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A lunar eclipse is seen behind a bunch of balloons in Chennai, India, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
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The Moon is bathed in a red light during a lunar eclipse seen over Tabira Cathedral in Hirado, southern Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
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A lunar eclipse is seen on Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Cheyenne, Wyo. The moment when the moon was completely obscured by Earths shadow lasted several minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)
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In this trio of images, the stages of the total lunar eclipse are visible in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The red hue results from sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere, in what is known as a “blood moon.” (AP Photo/The Advocate, Hilary Scheinuk) MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; NO FORNS; LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT, 225, 10/12, INREGISTER, LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT
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An image of the a lunar eclipse in 2004. Greenwich’s Bowman Observatory is a place where amateur astronomers and those interested in space gather to see unusual occurrences and familiar objects.
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This combo of four photos from left to right shows a total lunar eclipse seen from Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The moon appears orange or red, the result of sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere. This is known as the blood moon. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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The big question looming over Sunday’s night total elipse of a supermoon is this: Will clouds ruin the celestrial show for southwestern Connecticut residents?
Unfortunately, it sounds likely.
A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth passes between the sun and moon, causing the moon to take on a reddish, Mars-like color. The eclipse is happening at a time when the moon is closest to the earth. It’s called a supermoon because the full moon will appear 14 percent larger and shine 30 percent more light, according to NASA.
Because the moon is so close to the Earth, the National Weather Service says there could be localized coastal flooding Saturday night when high tide (between 10:30-45 p.m.) expected to be a half to a foot higher than normal.
For several days we’ve had mostly clear night skies, but now the National Weather Service is calling for “mostly cloudy” conditions with a slight chance of rain after midnight. Some forecasts like The Weather Channel and Weather Underground. are only calling for “partly cloudy” skies. The cause of this is a low pressure system that moves offshore into the Atlantic Ocean and allowing moisture to stream up the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Clouds are expected to develop from the moisure with a chance of rain late Sunday night and Monday.
The Sunday eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m. and continue to 11:23 p.m. There’s a chance that clouds may not be as thick by the time of the eclipse, making it partially visible.
On Friday night, we had high-elevation clouds that allowed us to see a bright, fuzzy moon.
What makes the potential for cloudy skies even more disheartening is the fact that supermoon total eclipses have happened only five times since the 1900s; the last time was in 1982.
If clouds ruin the show for us Sunday night, we’ll to wait for the next total lunar eclipse … in 33 years.