Beyond the Weather: January eclipses

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - January is a busy month in the astronomy world. Make a resolution for 2019 to enjoy more views beyond the weather.

On January 5th, a partial solar eclipse occurs. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. Unfortunately for us, we will not see it in Iowa. The partial solar eclipse will be visible from Asia, Russia, the North Pacific and the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

A solar eclipse is always accompanied by a lunar eclipse, separated by about two weeks. A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth passes between the sun and moon, and we will get to see a total lunar eclipse from Iowa. Mark your calendar for the night of January 20-21.

Here are the Iowa times to watch for with this lunar eclipse:

Partial umbral eclipse begins: 9:34 p.m. (January 20)
Total lunar eclipse begins: 10:41 p.m. (January 20)
Greatest eclipse: 11:12 p.m. (January 20)
Total lunar eclipse ends: 11:43 p.m. (January 20)
Partial umbral eclipse ends: 12:51 a.m. (January 21)

Lunar eclipses are totally safe to watch with the naked eye.

Happy stargazing!