The Chicago area is spoiled by a lunar eclipse early Friday morning, but the big question is simple: will residents be able to see it?
The questions arose on Thursday night when the clouds continued to linger over much of the area. The projections suggest that those high clouds could last for much of the evening on Thursday, and these could remain in some parts of the region on Friday morning.
However, in areas further south and west of the city, there could potentially be a clearing that would set the stage for residents to watch the show.
The other big issue: the cold. Friday mornings with the coldest temperatures of the season yet, with low temperatures falling into the low to mid 20s across the region.
While the lunar eclipse peaks just after 3 a.m., there will only be a weakening of the moon in the Chicago area, followed by a color change to a gray, orange, or reddish hue. According to officials at the Adler Planetarium, the moon over the Chicago area will be more than 95% darkened by the time it reaches its maximum solar eclipse at 3:02 a.m.
The moon begins to darken shortly after midnight, with the partial phase starting at 1:18 a.m. The solar eclipse ends at 4:47 a.m.
The Adler Planetarium will broadcast the event live from 1:30 a.m. for those who want to enjoy the solar eclipse from the warmth and comfort of their home.