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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse visible in Casper on July 4

The moon rises behind the First United Methodist Church in downtown Casper on Dec. 17, 2018. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. – Be sure to keep those eyes on the sky after fireworks on this Independence Day.

A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is expected to be easily visible in the Casper area on July 4. The National Weather Service in Riverton is expecting clear skies on Saturday night.

According to timeanddate.com, the maximum eclipse will be visible in the Casper area at 10:29 p.m.

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During a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, a section of the moon turns dark as the earth passes between the sun and a full moon.

The full moon itself should be a sight to see. According to Live Science, it’s usually described as the “Buck Moon” or “Thunder Moon,” describing the time of year bucks usually grow antlers and the regularity of seasonal thunderstorms.

Time and Date says Casper will see an even larger Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Nov. 30 this year. The next full lunar eclipse will happen on May 26, 2021.