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April 15 Lunar Eclipse

North America will witness a total lunar eclipse on April 15.
North America will witness a total lunar eclipse on April 15.

The eclipse will begin early on the morning of April 15 at approximately 2 a.m. EDT. The eclipse's peak, when the moon will enter the Earth's full shadow or umbra, will occur at 3:45 a.m. It will be a total eclipse, visible from the Americas, Australia and out in the Pacific Ocean.

The United States will be in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse. Depending on local weather conditions (and it may be cloudy with rain in Baltimore), the public will get a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance that will change from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow. The United States will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.

Before the eclipse presents itself, NASA will host a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Monday, April 14 at 2 p.m. with astronomers from the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center. NASA Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Instagram followers will be able to join the conversation and ask questions using the hashtag #eclipse.

The public will be able to tag and share their images of the eclipsed moon on Instagram and on the agency's Flickr group at:

Lunar eclipse video resources are available at:

Live NASA TV coverage and commentary will begin at 1 a.m. To view the coverage and access eclipse streaming video, visit:

For more information on NASA's eclipse activities, visit:

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