North America Will See a Total Lunar Eclipse on April 15th

If you're willing to stay up into the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday April 15th, you will be able to see a total lunar eclipse if you live in North or South America and the sky is clear. The eclipse will begin around 1:00 AM and totality is set to occur between 3:07 AM and 4:25 AM Eastern Time, according to a report by CBS.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes in between the sun and the moon, causing the Earth to cast a shadow on the surface of the moon. Unlike solar eclipses — where the setup is reversed and the moon can totally block the sun for a few minutes — some sunlight gets by the earth and illuminates the surface of the moon as a deep orange-red color during a lunar eclipse.

The next total lunar eclipse is set to occur on October 8th of this year.

[Image via AP; h/t to Dan Satterfield]