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How to Watch This Week’s Total Lunar Eclipse

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A total lunar eclipse, in which the moon becomes dimly lit in an orange or red glow for about an hour, will be visible across the U.S. for the first time since December 2010 — but you'll have to stay up late to catch it

You can watch the first total lunar eclipse visible throughout North America in more than three years early next week — if you’re willing to stay up late.

The total eclipse will peak around 3 a.m. E.T. on April 15 and will be visible throughout the U.S., NPR reports. The U.S. Naval Observatory’s page has a handy link that allows you to input your city and figure out exactly when you’ll see the eclipse.

Expect to see the moon dimly lit in a deep orange or red glow for over an hour, rather than completely blacked out. From the moon’s perspective, the Earth completely hides the sun for an hour and 18 minutes.

Next week’s eclipse will be the first of its kind since December 2010.


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