The last total lunar eclipse in three years arrives on Tuesday

The last total lunar eclipse in three years arrives on Tuesday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – You better catch the moon disappearing on Tuesday – it won’t be the same for three years.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible across North America in the predawn hours – the further west the better – and across Asia, Australia and the rest of the Pacific after sunset. As an added treat, Uranus will be visible just a finger’s width above the moon, looking like a bright star.

Totality will last nearly 1 1/2 hours — from 5:16 a.m. to 6:41 a.m. EST — as the Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun.

Known as a blood moon, it will appear reddish-orange from the light of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises. At the peak of the eclipse, the Moon will be 390,653 kilometers away, according to NASA scientists. Binoculars and telescopes will improve viewing, provided the sky is clear.

South America will get a glimpse of the lunar eclipse on Tuesday, weather permitting. Overall, Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe will have to wait until 2025.

Among those providing a livestream of Tuesday’s lunar extravaganza: the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project.

This is the second total lunar eclipse this year; the first was in May. The next one won’t be until 2025. In the meantime, plenty of partial lunar eclipses will be available.


The Associated Press Department of Health and Science receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Division of Science Education. AP is solely responsible for all content.

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