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LUNAR ECLIPSE: How/Where To See It

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Wake up really early Tuesday morning, look up in to the sky, and you'll see something that appears a little bit off.

"What we're going to have is a lunar eclipse starting tomorrow (Monday) night into Tuesday morning,” said Richard Miles, Program Coordinator at the Science Center of Iowa.

Miles is an experienced stargazer with all the big telescopes one could ever need for viewing the planets and the stars.

However, he says when viewing the lunar eclipse Tuesday morning, the best tool is the naked eye.

"Just step outside and look up. That way you'll get the full view. You will get the full picture of what's going on,” said Miles.

A total lunar eclipse was last visible from earth in 2011.

It happens when the moon slips into the shadow of the earth.

Light from the sun then bends around the earth's atmosphere making the moon appear blood red.

That is of course if the conditions cooperate.

"If you have cloudy conditions on the earth’s edge, that would block the earth's light and you won't see the moon at all,” said Miles.

Miles says if you want to see the show, be outside by 2 AM.

Between two and about 3:30 AM thirty, you're likely see to see that reddish glow.

Whether you're a passionate stargazer or just find yourself looking into the sky from time to time, it's a special sight.

"It's a rare event. It's really neat to see that,” Miles told Channel 13 News.

If you need a little expert guidance viewing the lunar eclipse, head to the Science Center of Iowa late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Miles will be out with his telescopes from 11 PM when the moon begins to slip into the earth's shadow until about 4 AM when the total eclipse ends.


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