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Lunar “Super Flower Blood” eclipse May 26 across southern Alberta

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – If you get up early Wednesday morning (May 26), you could get a glimpse of a special pre-dawn lunar eclipse.

Southern Alberta is one of the best spots to view this celestial event, if the weather cooperates.

This eclipse is coined the “Super Flower Blood Moon”.

It’s a large moon which is currently close to earth on its current path and appears a little brighter and bigger than usual with a reddish glow. Flower is generally the name that is used for the month of May, so that’s how this full moon and eclipse gets the name.

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The peak eclipse will take place around 5:15 am Alberta time Wednesday morning and finish about a half hour later after the moon sets in this area. If it’s clear or somewhat clear, you should get a view of the eclipse in its totality.

Lunar eclipses take place when the earth’s shadow covers all or part of the moon and can easily be viewed with the naked eye if clear.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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