Space geeks around the country will get a celestial show that won’t be visible in the United States again until 2019.
A full lunar eclipse will take place early Tuesday morning that at it’s peek will turn the moon from bright orange to blood red and then to brown.
The eclipse will unfold over three hours beginning at 1:58 a.m. EDT when the moon begins moving into Earth’s shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon will be fully eclipsed and shrouded in a red glow.
The lunar show will be over by 5:33 a.m., according to astronomers at the University of Texas’s McDonald Observatory.
Eclipses occurs two or three times per year when the sun, Earth and the full moon line up so that the moon passes through Earth’s shadow.
“Eclipses are one of the few astronomical events that can easily be enjoyed with the naked eye, though a pair of binoculars brings it into even greater focus”, said astronomy writer Gary Kronk.
As it begins, “the Earth’s shadow will make a slow crawl across the moon’s face, appearing as if there is an increasingly large ‘bite’ taken out of the moon,” said Deborah Byrd with EarthSky.org, an online science magazine.
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