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When can I see the lunar eclipse in East Texas?

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The moon will turn red early Tuesday morning and, as the weather moves out of East Texas overnight, you will be able to see easily see the celestial event.

Set your alarm clock for 1:30 a.m. - or grab an energy drink. That's about when the eclipse will start in the East Texas skies. The Earth, moon and sun will align for a few hours, obscuring the moon in the Earth's shadow. The moon will change from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and even gray during that time.

"It's a projection of all the Earth's sunsets and sunrises onto the moon," NASA scientist Noah Petro said. "It's a very subtle effect, and if any part of the moon is illuminated in the sun, you can't really see it."

In East Texas, the eclipse should peak at around 2:45 a.m. The eclipse will end around 4:30 a.m.

Petro added lunar eclipses are a special treat people should take the opportunity to watch, even if it is at a late hour."They don't happen all the time, and the sky has to be clear," Petro said. "It really gives you a chance to look at the moon changing."

According to NASA, the United States will not be able to witness a full lunar in its entirety again until 2019.

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