'Blood Moon' Attracts Stargazers in North America

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By Irene Klotz

(Reuters) - Night owls and early risers in North America will be able to watch a rare celestial show on Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color from bright orange to blood red to brown, depending on local weather conditions.

The lunar 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 celestial 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.

Tuesday's eclipse will be the last full lunar eclipse visible from the United States until 2019, NASA said.

Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from most of the country, with the exception of New England and Alaska.

Alaskans can get a view of the moon rising already partly eclipsed. From New England, the moon sets before the eclipse ends.

NASA plans live coverage of the eclipse on NASA TV, the NASA.gov website and on its social media accounts. Coverage will begin at 2 a.m. EDT.

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'Blood Moon' Attracts Stargazers in North America
HAVANA, CUBA: A a blood-red Moon is seen over the Caribe area in Havana, during a total eclipse, 27 October 2004. The Moon became lightly shaded by Earth's outer shadow, called the penumbra. Weather permitting the event will be visible across most of North and South America, Western Europe and Africa. This is the last total lunar eclipse until 2007. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse on October 27, 2004 over a Manhattan skyscraper in New York City. This is the last lunar eclipse that can be seen from earth until 2007. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT) A plane flies past a blood-red moon in the night sky, as the earth's shadow sweeps across the moon during a total lunar eclipse, as viewed from the Sydney suburb of Coogee, 28 August 2007. (Photo by Peter Rae/Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
The moon rises above the Savior of Spilled Blood Cathedral in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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