Full lunar eclipse to appear late Monday night/Tuesday morning

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(WEAU)-- For night owls out there, you're in for a real treat.

There will be a full lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes behind the earth's shadow. The earth's atmosphere will refract the light and turn the moon an orange-red color, which is where the name blood moon came from.

This is the first total lunar eclipse in two years, but what's really special about this lunar eclipse is it is the first of four total lunar eclipses in a row over the next 18 months.

This is known as a tetrad and can be quite the rare occurrence. Between the years 1600 to 1900 there were no tetrads. This century is a bit more active. The next tetrad will begin in 2032.

The viewing of Monday night's total lunar eclipse should be great, with skies clearing Monday night. The great thing about lunar eclipses are they last longer than solar eclipses, and you don't need any protective eye wear like with solar eclipses and no two ever look quite the same.

The partial eclipse begins at 12:58 a.m. with the total eclipse beginning at 2:06 a.m. and running until 3:24 a.m.

If you're up late Monday to check out the lunar eclipse, be sure to share your pictures and video with us! You can send them to news@weau.com or weather@weau.com. You can also share pics on our WEAU Facebook page.

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