Early risers in the Tampa Bay area will be treated to a couple of rare sights in the night sky early Tuesday morning, weather permitting.
A total lunar eclipse will take place starting just before 1 a.m., and will be visible in North America between 3 and 4 a.m. However, the region’s view of the spectacle might be obscured as clouds will begin to build around this time with an approaching cold front.
The eclipse — which occurs when the Earth is positioned between the moon and sun — will be the first since December 2011. The reddish tint that the moon will assume will be the result of the Earth’s shadow.
The eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere and is expected to last 78 minutes.
According to space.com, astronomy enthusiasts can also get an up-close view of Mars. The planet will only be 57 million miles away, its closest approach since January 2008.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.