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Stay Up Late Or Get Up Early For The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

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"Blood moon," 2007, Qatar (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)

“Blood moon,” 2007, Qatar (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)

(CBS Connecticut) Sky watchers are getting ready for an evening of special viewing when a total lunar eclipse starts just after midnight tonight. What’s more, this begins a rare sequence of four total lunar eclipses expected over the next two years. Dr. Kristine Larson, Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University says it only happens a couple times a year.

The celestial action will begin at 12:54 a.m. eastern time and last through 6:38 a.m. However, the moon will fall completely behind the Earth’s shadow between 3:07 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. At around 2 am tonight Eastern Daylight Time, the Moon will enter the Earth’s penumbra, the edge of the shadow cast by the Earth, creating a partial eclipse. From 3 am to 4:30am, the Moon will be fully within the Earth’s umbra, creating a total lunar eclipse. During this period, the Moon will appear sunset or blood red.

 

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