If you're up late working on your taxes, there's an oppotunity to view a total lunar eclipse.
No special equipment is required. Night owls can watch the full moon fade away and then turn red. The main event is between 1 and 4:30am Tuesday April 15th. WTIP’s Audrey Summers spoke with Sally Brummel of the Bell Museum of Natural History to learn more.
Timing for the best viewing of the April 14-15, 2014 total lunar eclipse (all are CDT):
Start of easiest eclipse viewing: 12:58 a.m.
Start of total eclipse: 2:07 a.m.
Mid-eclipse: 2:46 a.m.
End of total eclipse: 3:35 a.m.
End of easiest eclipse viewing: 4:34 a.m.
During a total lunar eclipse our moon passes directly into Earth’s shadow, and viewers can see the Earth’s curved shadow pass over the moon. Near mid-eclipse, the moon often turns shades of red from sunlight refracting through the Earth’s atmosphere and reflecting off our moon.