Sky gazers get ready. An eclipse will be visible in our area early Tuesday morning – if cloud cover holds off.
It's called the red moon, or "blood moon," and it's the first of four lunar eclipses over the next year and a half.
The blood moon will appear during what is the first total lunar eclipse in two years. A lunar eclipse happens when a full moon aligns with the sun and Earth. The Earth's shadow is cast across the moon, blocking the rays from the sun.
The name is fitting because the moon will turn red.
"As the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, there's actually a little bit of light peeking through the Earth's atmosphere," NASA's Brent Garry told FOX 13 on Monday. "Just like what we see with a sunset or sunrise, it's that red light that's actually reflecting off the moon and coming back to us."
It begins around 2 a.m. Tuesday and should last for several hours, but FOX 13 meteorologist Paul Dellegatto tweeted that the forecast could be tricky.
"#LunarEclipse Tuesday morning may be blocked by clouds eclipsing our view of the moon. #bloodmoon #flwx," he said.
If the weather holds, we'll be showing some of the best pictures we get on Good Day Tampa Bay.
NASA experts say the best time to see the eclipse is when everything is perfectly aligned, around 3:07 a.m.
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