ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – If you stay up late on Monday night, into Tuesday morning, you will see the moon turn into a shade of red during a rare lunar eclipse. This is also called a ‘blood moon’ because of the unique color.
The moon turns a copper or reddish hue because of the Earth’s shadow.
A partial eclipse will begin at about 12:20 a.m. with the total eclipse taking place between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m early Tuesday morning. This is set to be the first time that a lunar eclipse can be seen from much of the United States since 2011.
“It happens at least twice in a year, and it can be as many as five,” explained Levent Gurdemir, the director of the University of Texas-Arlington’s planetarium. “But not always it is seen from your location.”
Tuesday morning’s phenomenon will be the first of a rare sequence of four lunar eclipses that are expected to take place over the next two years.
The UTA planetarium also offers a glimpse at what the lunar event would look like if you were on the moon. In that case, just as the Earth covers the sun, it would cast a red-colored shadow.
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