Total lunar eclipse expected overnight

Astronomy enthusiasts unite and head outside early Tuesday morning for a front-seat view of a total lunar eclipse.

The spectacle is the first total lunar eclipse since December 2012 that’s visible throughout North America.  

The eclipse will peak at about 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and should last around 3.5 hours.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra. During the total eclipse, the entire moon is shadowed and turns a sunset-red color for about an hour as the eclipse unfolds, hence the name “blood moon.” 

To find out when to see the exact phases of the eclipse, see the U.S. Naval Observatory page.

For those who don’t wish to step outside,, courtesy of NASA, has a live stream.

This upcoming eclipse may not be visible to those in areas with heavy cloud cover. Those who miss it may catch another total lunar eclipse Oct. 8.

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