Catch 1st total lunar eclipse since 2011

Published On: Apr 08 2014 02:35:37 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 14 2014 12:49:55 PM EDT

On Monday night we’ll get our first chance since 2011 to see a total lunar eclipse . 

But you have to stay up late -- it doesn’t start until 3:07 a.m. Tuesday morning (April 15). 

That’s when the Earth will block all direct sunlight from hitting the moon’s surface for more than an hour.  But the moon won’t completely disappear.  Instead, indirect light from sunrises and sunsets across Earth will likely make the moon appear a deep, dark shade of red.  The exact color will depend on the cloud cover and pollution from where you’re watching.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to look at with the naked eye.  You can use binoculars or a telescope to see even closer views of the cratered surface. 

And you’ll have plenty of time to see it.  The total eclipse will last for one hour and 18 minutes. 

If you miss it, the next total lunar eclipse will be on Oct. 8.


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