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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Sky watchers will get to see something early Tuesday morning that they haven't see in three years, a complete lunar eclipse.

The eclipse will begin shortly before midnight and will continue until just after 5:00 AM. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes opposite from the sun through Earth's shadow. This one coincides with the winter solstice. A total lunar eclipse an only occur during a full moon. If you're up, you may see the moon turn a reddish color as the shadow covers it.

"It is a very impressive thing to see it's kind of cool because the moon looks as if it's changing colors, it turns kind of reddish because of all the dust in earth's atmosphere it makes it look kind of red and brown," said Allison Young, Thronateeska Heritage Foundation Program Coordinator.

You should be able to see the eclipse here in Albany, but if you're away from city lights, you'll be able to see it more clearly. The peak time will be around 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM.


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