As long as clouds stay at bay, Paris and its surrounding area will be graced with a spectacle as the moon will turn red during a rare “blood moon” eclipse this weekend.
Just as the sun sets over North America on Sunday, the Earth, sun and moon will align just right, creating a total lunar eclipse.
This rare occurrence is expected to unfold during the first half of the night.
This is the first time the entire contiguous U.S. has seen a total lunar eclipse since Jan. 21, 2019. Thought there was a total lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, it was only visible from the western portion of the U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
On Nov. 19, 2021, a partial lunar eclipse was seen when 97% of the moon was darkened.
According to NASA, the reason the moon appears red is from the only sunlight reaching the moon is what passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.
“The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear,” according to NASA.