Orlando, FL, United States (4E) – The moon will appear red during a total lunar eclipse on Tuesday morning as red light from the sun is bent around the earth and strikes the moon, according to an astronomer.
The phenomenon is the same dynamic that makes the sun appear red at sunset, explained University of Central Florida (UCF) astronomy and physics professor Yan Fernandez.
The so-called “red moon” begins around 2 a.m. EDT and the moon will be fully eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow by 3 a.m. EDT. The eclipse lasting 3.5 hours will be visible to the naked eye minus the clouds. Fernandez, who is the director of the UCF’s on-campus observatory, said people can catch the red moon through the university’s Memory Mall telescopes, which will be made available to the public from 2:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.
The lunar eclipse is the first of four such eclipse this year called eclipse tetrad. It will be visible in most of North America and parts of South America.