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Total lunar eclipse will be visible early on Saturday

Here’s a total lunar eclipse that was seen from Kansas City a year ago, on April 15, 2014.
Here’s a total lunar eclipse that was seen from Kansas City a year ago, on April 15, 2014. The Kansas City Star

Early risers can glimpse the start of a total lunar eclipse on Saturday, weather permitting.

As the full moon is setting in the west, it will seem to be gobbled up by Earth’s shadow. (No special equipment is required to observe a lunar eclipse.)

The partial phase of the eclipse will begin about 5:15 a.m., with the moon totally eclipsed relatively briefly: from 6:54 to 7:06 a.m.

Alas, that’s about the time the sun is rising and the moon is setting, which will preclude viewing the end of the eclipse.

| The Star

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