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'Blood Moon' Attracts Stargazers in North America

'Blood Moon' Attracts Stargazers, Conspiracy Theories

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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cast1975 April 14 2014 at 4:45 PM

Florida keys has great stargazing

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Dennis April 15 2014 at 2:37 AM

In Fort Wayne, Indiana that is. No moon visable

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Dennis April 15 2014 at 2:33 AM

I just look at 2:30 am. Cant see the moon at all :(

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mhbkl April 15 2014 at 2:24 AM

to cloudy in South Carolina. Wished I could have seen it.

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mldotdot April 14 2014 at 4:25 PM

when will be the best time to see it in University City, San Diego,, Ca 92122? Any one can tell me?

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dropdeadlegs35 April 15 2014 at 2:15 AM

Gorgeous night in Abilene TX. Can see it beginning!

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Heather April 15 2014 at 2:00 AM

So cloudy can't see a thing...I just wish it had been clear. Maybe in 2019...Great that some saw this wonderful sight....

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dropdeadlegs35 Heather April 15 2014 at 2:13 AM

There will be 3 more before the end of 2015!

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Rhett C. Bowling Heather April 15 2014 at 2:15 AM

Yeah well we're in the northwestern United States and it's cloudy but not completely. We could get an idea at least.

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hardbeame April 14 2014 at 4:22 PM

In honor of the phenomenon go out and moon someone.

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Sukeycat hardbeame April 14 2014 at 4:28 PM

Better yet,get a jug of Moon Shine...Then Moon Someone...

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rmoorebigdaddy hardbeame April 14 2014 at 4:33 PM

Good idea, unless you're a lady who's having her time of the month, then it would be a true "BLOOD MOON'.

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lgvxl42 rmoorebigdaddy April 14 2014 at 4:58 PM


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Sally Crawford April 14 2014 at 7:48 PM

There are 2 this year and 2 next year all on the Jewish holidays

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liswpwll April 14 2014 at 7:48 PM

wish I could stay up and see it

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