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Lunar Eclipse Happens Once in a Blood Moon

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A rare view of the moon can be considered priceless, especially when it looks red.

A total lunar eclipse will take place early Tuesday morning.

It will give the illusion that the moon is red, hence, the nickname, blood moon.

This will be the first of 4 total lunar eclipses in the next 2 years.

This scenario occurs roughly 9 times every century.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur October 8th.

An adjunct professor at Bismarck State College teaches astronomy, he says you might have to be patient to see it but it's worth the wait.

"It's interesting to watch them. The moon doesn't get totally black which you might think because it is in the shadow of the earth. Light gets pulled around the earth by refraction. It shines on the moon so we kind of have this reddish color. It is the same reason sun rises and sunsets are red because of the bending of the rays of the sun." says Dr. William Pearce/BSC Astronomy Adjunct Professor.

If the sky conditions are fairly clear the eclipse can be witnessed starting at midnight mountain time and about one a.m. central time.

The whole process can take about 3 & a half to 5 hours.

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