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article imageUSA should be prime viewing for Tuesday's red moon

By Nathan Salant     Apr 14, 2014 in Science
There's going to be a red moon rising over North America early Tuesday morning, only it's not exactly red but only looks that way.
There's going to be a red moon rising over North America early Tuesday morning.
That'll actually be what's known as a "Blood Moon," and it's not actually red but only looks that way when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon during a total eclipse.
The moon takes on a reddish glow while it's in Earth's shadow.
Best viewing this time around is expected to be from North America, depending on weather, although good perspectives also are expected to be available from most of South America, Hawaii and Alaska, according to the website.
The total eclipse is expected to extend from just after midnight to 1:25 a.m. Pacific time, although the moon actually begins to change color around 11 p.m. on the U.S. West Coast.
Clouds are expected to obscure most of the view in the northeast, the website said.
Skywatchers in the eastern half of South America and in northwestern Africa will miss some of the eclipse because the moon will be setting during the action, and Japan and Australia will miss the start of the eclipse because the moon will not have risen yet.
Most New Zealanders will be able to see the entire eclipse except in the southwest.
No part of the eclipse will be visible from Europe, or from most of Africa or Asia.
The total eclipse lasts until 1:24 a.m. Pacific time, with the height of the celestial event at 12:45 a.m.
Tuesday morning's eclipse is the first in a series of four total lunar eclipses expected in the next 18 months in an unusual celestial alignment known as a tetrad.
"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak said in a written statement, the website said.
Anyone who can access the Internet but can't get outside to see the action can watch and ask questions on the website in a production provided by NASA, the Slooh community telescope and the Virtual Telescope Project.
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