The total lunar eclipse of the ‘Blood Moon’ will arrive on Tuesday | Space

The total lunar eclipse of the ‘Blood Moon’ will arrive on Tuesday | Space

The moon is set to perform a disappearing act on Tuesday, and those who miss it will have to wait three years for another chance to see something similar again.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible across North America before dawn on Tuesday, giving those farther west the best view. In Asia, Australia and the rest of the Pacific, it will be visible after sunset.

Uranus is set to be visible just a finger’s width above the moon, looking like a bright star, at that time.

The totality of the eclipse will last nearly 90 minutes, from 5:16 a.m. to 6:41 a.m. ET, as Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun.

The eclipse will appear reddish-orange in light from Earth’s sunsets and sunrises, creating what is known as a blood moon. According to NASA scientists, the moon will be 242,740 miles (390,553 km) from Earth.

Observers can improve their vision with binoculars and telescopes, and should expect clear skies.

While those in South America will be able to see part of the lunar eclipse on Tuesday if the weather cooperates, Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe will unfortunately not get a chance to see it. They’ll have to wait until the next one in 2025, or make do with numerous partial lunar eclipses until then.

Tuesday’s will be the second total lunar eclipse this year, after that one in May.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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