Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Donors pledge millions at Uganda refugee summit

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Depp plumbs depths of bad taste

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

France's new frontman, America's absent center, May's Brexit gambit, Saudi royal reshuffle, after Mosul & Raqqa fall

Read more

REVISITED

Senegal’s Casamance hopes for new era of peace

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

FARC disarmament a 'historic day' for Colombia, says president

Read more

FASHION

Cruise collections: All aboard for Dior and Chanel's latest fashions

Read more

ENCORE!

Colombia comes to France

Read more

#THE 51%

The last taboo: Helping women and girls. Period.

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

Read more

USA

Americas to see 'Blood Moon' total lunar eclipse

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-15

Night owls and early risers in North and South America will be able to watch a rare celestial show on Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its colour from bright orange to deep red.

The “Blood Moon” will be visible in the skies above North America around 2am Eastern time.

The full lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours when the moon begins moving into Earth's shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon will be fully eclipsed and shrouded in a red glow.

The celestial show will be over by 5:33am, according to astronomers at the University of Texas's McDonald Observatory.

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

Tuesday's eclipse will be the last full lunar eclipse visible from the United States until 2019, according to NASA.

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

Alaskans can get a view of the moon rising already partly eclipsed. From New England, the moon sets before the eclipse ends.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2014-04-15

  • SPACE

    Kepler telescope discovers hundreds more planets

    Read more

  • SPACE

    Franco-American cooperation extends to Mars mission

    Read more

  • SPACE

    European ‘star mapper’ Gaia launched into space

    Read more

COMMENT(S)