NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—If weather permits, residents of Hub City will be able to catch a glimpse of a rare celestial event taking place Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Depending on the local weather in New Jersey, residents of New Brunswick and much of the continent will be able to obtain a grand view of the total lunar eclipse event, as the moon enters a tetradic lunar cycle and its face appears "blood red" to observers on the ground.
The eclipse is expected to start around 2 am on the East Coast, and become blood red over the next two hours before returning to its normal translucent, pearly white color.
According to the information available at NASA's official website, "the United States will be in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse," which is the first of a series of four eclipses occuring in the same geographic area between now and September 2015.
An eclipse is a lunar event that occurs when the Sun, Earth, and moon are positioned along a straight line, covering either all or part of the moon in the Earth's shadow.
According to NASA's website, the United States will not be able to witness a total lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.
The next tedradic lunar cycle will occur in 2032.