By Jeff Daley email@example.com
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Many people in North America may get the opportunity to witness a total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning, that is if cloud cover cooperates.
The eclipse is scheduled to begin around 12:30 a.m. and continue until around 4:00 a.m. The best time for viewing will be at around 2:15 a.m. when the earth completely blocks the sun from the moon.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow upon the moon.
Lunar eclipses are rare , only happening a few times each decade.
The last time a lunar eclipse occurred on the winter solstice was in 1638 and it won't happen again until 2094.