Lunar eclipse set for early Tuesday with "blood moon"

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Get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies this week.

NASA says there will be a total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange. It's called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

Within a year and a half, North America will be able to see a blood moon a total of four times.

Overcast skies are forecast for overnight with the possibility of snow.

Here are some viewing tips from the Holcomb Observatory at Butler University:

A telescope is not needed to observe the lunar eclipse.  We recommend using just your eyes or perhaps binoculars from your own backyard.  

At totality, when the Moon is fully in the Earth's shadow, the Moon will take on a dark coppery color. This  color is due to sunlight scattered through Earth's atmosphere from all the sunrises and sunsets on the Earth as viewed from the Moon.  

If you happened to be  standing on the Moon during this lunar eclipse you'd notice the Sun blocked by the Earth.  

While observing the Moon you may also notice a bright red/orange "star" to the right of the Moon.  This is the planet Mars. 

Timing of the lunar eclipse, Morning of April 15th:

1:58 AM  EDT Partial lunar eclipse begins

3:06 AM EDT Total lunar eclipse begins

4:24 AM EDT Total lunar eclipse ends

5:33 AM EDT Partial lunar eclipse ends