Mostly clear skies over Casper for Sunday’s total lunar eclipse

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CASPER, Wyo. — There is a good chance people in the Casper area will be able to see the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service in Riverton.

The night of Sunday, May 15 is expected to be mostly clear in Casper after a day of sunny conditions with a high near 74 degrees, the NWS in Riverton forecasts. The total lunar eclipse on Sunday evening should be easily visible to the naked eye if clouds don’t obstruct the view, Chris Hattings, meteorologist with the NWS in Riverton, said last week.

The eclipse will begin shortly before moonrise, so people in Wyoming will miss the very first part of it, according to Hattings. However, the total eclipse will last until around 11 p.m. and a partial eclipse will last until shortly before midnight. People wanting to catch the eclipse should look to the east-southeast at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Hattings.

The Moon will be close to perigee during the eclipse, meaning it will be near its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, Hattings said in a video on Thursday.

There will be another total lunar eclipse on November 7 and 8 that is expected to be visible across the United States, the NWS in Riverton said via Twitter on Thursday.

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