Partial lunar eclipse to put on Independence Day show for Pittsburgh

Partial lunar eclipse to put on Independence Day show for Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Fireworks won’t be the only thing you can see in the sky this Independence Day. A partial penumbral lunar eclipse should make for a great show in the sky after sunset Saturday.

The eclipse is happening on the night of the Buck Full Moon, with both peaking just after sunset.

About a third of the moon will be shaded by the earth's shadow as the earth crosses between the sun and the moon.

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Lunar eclipses only happen during the full moon stage, but this one will not be a total lunar eclipse, as the sun, earth and moon will not be in perfect alignment.  

Weather is looking great for viewing Saturday night with only a few clouds possible.

Remember, for the best viewing, get away from areas with a lot of lights like street lamps or buildings.