There will be a full lunar eclipse Tuesday Nov. 8 from 2:09 am to 5:49 am.
The eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon,” and will be visible in Rio Rancho.
“During totality tonight, Uranus will shine close to the moon. Where it is positioned depends on your location. In New Mexico, Uranus will be southeast of the moon by a degree or so at mid eclipse,” said Rio Rancho Astronomical Society’s club member Kevin McKeown.
McKeown estimates telescopes as small as 4 inches will resolve the greenish gray disc of Uranus.
The society has monthly public meetings for those interested in participating. The next one will be Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the Rainbow Park Observatory at 301 Southern Blvd SE, Rio Rancho.
The next total lunar eclipse will not occur again until March 13-14, 2025.