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BLOOD RED: Tuesday morning's sky will showcase moon in spectrum of hues


Early Tuesday morning, long before sunrise, the moon will turn shades of red in a total lunar eclipse over the Ark-La-Tex.

StormTracker Steve says the clouds clinging to the area should clear in time for the celestial event to unfold.

Set your alarm clock for 1:30 a.m. - or grab a caffeine-charged cup of joe a few hours early. You're going to need it, because the eclipse is expected to last until about 4:30 a.m.

The total eclipse will begin about 2:07 a.m and last until about 3:25 a.m. The Earth, moon and sun will align, obscuring the moon in the Earth's shadow.

It might look a bit like a sunset, as the moon changes from bright orange to blood red, to dark brown and even gray during the eclipse. And guess what? That's pretty much what it is.

"It's a projection of all the Earth's sunsets and sunrises onto the moon," NASA scientist Noah Petro said. "It's a very subtle effect, and if any part of the moon is illuminated in the sun, you can't really see it."

In Central Standard Time, the eclipse should peak close to 2:45 a.m.

Petro added lunar eclipses are a special treat people should take the opportunity to watch, even if it is at a late hour.

"They don't happen all the time, and the sky has to be clear," Petro said. "It really gives you a chance to look at the moon changing."

According to NASA, the United States will not be able to witness a full lunar in its entirety again until 2019.

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