By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
Grab your popcorn, the show is coming Sunday night and it’s going to be a good one.
Wyoming is one of the best locations in the country to watch Sunday night’s total lunar eclipse, according to University of Wyoming planetarium director Max Gilbraith.
That’s because of the timing of the lunar sideshow. This one doesn’t require you to get up in the middle of the night. Wyoming has prime-time viewing.
“Basically, once the sun sets for us in Wyoming, we’ll be seeing the moon rise. We’re in a perfect time zone for this eclipse,” Gilbraith told Cowboy State Daily.
A little after 8:00 p.m., the show begins.
It’s not going to be the same for everyone as Wyoming is not one of those puny eastern states like Rhode Island which is smaller than some bathrooms out here in the Cowboy State.
The moon rises, roughly, at 8:05 p.m. The partial eclipse, according to TimeAndDate.com, begins around 8:27 p.m.
About an hour later, the total eclipse begins and the moon will turn completely red.
Here’s what’s great about this eclipse:
1. It’s one of the longest eclipses of the decade clocking-in at about 90 minutes.
2. Because it’s a “super moon,” it will appear about 10% larger than a normal full moon.
3. It will get more pronounced as as it progresses.
“The moon actually gets brighter with this eclipse as it exits totality,” Galbraith said. “You’ve got have patience if you want to see the whole thing, but it’s beautiful.”
Most importantly, the weather looks good for Wyoming.
Not only will it be clear, but the winds will not be blowing at hurricane strength.
“Sunday will have the best break in the wind we’ve had in awhile,” meteorologist Don Day said. “It’s a great day to be outside.”