'Extremely rare' cosmic phenomenon to occur Wednesday morning

Image of moon (Source: MGN)
Image of moon (Source: MGN)

Skywatchers may be able to see an extremely rare cosmic sight on Wednesday morning.

On October 8, observers may be able to see a total eclipse of the moon while the sun is rising.

Locally, the eclipsed moon will be faintly visible setting in the western sky, just before the sun is rising in the eastern sky, Chief Meteorologist Jamie Arnold said.

The moon will be dim and low to the horizon, so a high spot will offer the best viewing.

The best time to see it here will be between 7:00 and 7:20 a.m.

The rare phenomenon, called a selenelion, seems impossible due to celestial geometry, according to discovery.com. During a lunar eclipse, the sun and moon are exactly 180 degrees apart in the sky.

According to discovery.com:
In a perfect alignment like this (called a "syzygy"), such an observation would seem impossible. But thanks to Earth's atmosphere, the images of both the sun and moon are apparently lifted above the horizon by atmospheric refraction. This allows people on Earth to see the sun for several extra minutes before it actually has risen and the moon for several extra minutes after it has actually set.

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