Early risers are in for a treat Wednesday morning. A total lunar eclipse begins at 5:15 am. The Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas says that's when the shadow of the earth will being moving across the moon creating an orange tint that some refer to as a 'blood moon.'
The moon should be fully eclipsed by 6:30 am and will set around 7:30 am.
Maybe we just weren't paying attention before, but it seems as if there's been a lot more celestial activity going on this year. Blood Moons, Super Moons, eclipses, meteor showers, planets in opposition...we've even had a triple Jovian shadow transit. And if you don't know what that is, you're in luck.
The Cincinnati Observatory, 'The Birthplace of American Astronomy' and home to the oldest professional telescope in the US, is always a wonderful destination for anyone, of any age, who is curious about science, astronomy and the world around them.
This summer, the observatory has several activities lined up to engage, entertain and enlighten those interested in the sun, the moon, Saturn - and other cosmic entities that make up our own solar system.
Pull out a comfy lawn chair, grab some snacks and face to the east this weekend for a view of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas said the meteors are about the size of a grain of sand and hit the earth's atmosphere at more than 100,000 miles per hour. They reach 3,000 degrees fahrenheit, producing the flash of light you see.
"The only trick is, you have to be up pretty early in the morning to see most of them, usually between 2 and 5 a.m., which is a little early for most folks," said Regas.