Total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning

By Jeff Daley

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.

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