By Mike Augustyniak

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A partial lunar eclipse is set to begin in the early hours of Friday morning, but clouds may make viewing the moon event difficult.

The WCCO Weather Team reports that the partial eclipse will begin at 1:18 a.m. and peak at 3:03 a.m. — when the moon is 99.1% covered. It’ll end at 4:47 a.m.

The eclipse might be tough to see due to inbound clouds, so the best viewing conditions are expected to be early on in the eclipse and from Interstate 35 and eastward.

You can watch a visualization of the evolution of the lunar eclipse below.

In case you were wondering, it’s safe to watch without eye protection.

Next year, a total lunar eclipse will occur on May 16.

The November full moon is also known as Beaver Moon, Frost or Frosty Moon, or the Snow Moon.

For more, here’s information from NASA.

Mike Augustyniak