"Blood Moon" will hang in the Northland's skies early Tuesday morning

By KBJR News 1

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 6:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Night owls and early risers in North America will be able to watch a rare celestial show in the early hours of Tuesday morning, including here in the Northland.

We're talking, of course, about the appearance of a "blood moon."

Eclipses ocur two or three times per year when the sun, Earth and full moon line up so that the moon passes through Earth's shadow.

Early Tuesday morning, however, as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, it will shift its color from bright orange, to blood red or brown depending on our area's weather conditions.

The lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours beginning shortly before 1 AM in the Northland's night skies. A little more than an hour later, the moon will be fully eclipsed and shrouded in a red glow.

"The reason for that is the little bit of sunlight that does get through is going to be the same kind of sunlight we see at sunrise and sunset," said NASA scientist Dr. Shawn Domogal-Goldman. "It's red. And a way to think of this, is you are going to see all the sunrises and sunsets from all across the planet earth hitting the moon at the same time."

Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from most of the country, with the exception of New England and Alaska.

But if you miss Tuesday's lunar eclipse, you'll get another opportunity to see the moon turn red in October.

According to NNC NOW Chief Meteorologist Adam Clark, the Northland's night skies should allow for good viewing of the blood moon.