Total lunar eclipse occurs Monday night

Created: 04/11/2014 5:39 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned and when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth's full shadow, or umbra. For you stargazers who plan on watching, you may want to pour some extra coffee as it will start just before midnight Monday.

That's when the partial eclipse begins. The total eclipse, which is when the Moon passes on the full shadow of the Earth, will begin a little after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. If you stay up for another half hour, you'll see the peak of the lunar eclipse. The Moon will finally move out of Earth's full shadow a little before 2:30 in the morning. The eclipse will end just after 3:30 a.m.

By the way, the planet Mars will also be closer to the Earth than it's been since 2008, so this for sure will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

If you don't want to watch the lunar eclipse by yourself, not a problem! You can join the folks at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science for their "Mega Moon and Mars Night" Monday night. The event begins at 10:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 a.m.

To find out more about the viewing party, click on the link below:

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