A total ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse arrives on Tuesday | Space

A total ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse arrives on Tuesday | Space

The moon is due to perform its disappearing act on Tuesday, and those who miss it will have to wait three years to see anything like it 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 positioned so that at that time it is only visible a finger’s width above the Moon, resembling a bright star.

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

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

Observers can improve their viewing with binoculars and telescopes, and should hope for 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 much of Europe will unfortunately not get a chance to see it. They will have to wait until the next year, 2025, or settle for numerous partial lunar eclipses until then.

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

The Associated Press contributed reporting

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