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There will be a total eclipse of the moon overnight

The last lunar eclipse in June of 2011(courtesy of Wikipedia)
The last lunar eclipse in June of 2011(courtesy of Wikipedia)

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Astronomers say there will be a total eclipse of the moon over much of North America very early tomorrow morning. It’s the first of four scheduled to happen every six months with the last in October of 2015.

Richard Bell with the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society says it’s called a “Tetrad” and several of them are predicted for this century.

Tonight’s total eclipse may be obstructed by clouds, but the National Weather Service says skies may clear soon enough to see some of it.

The eclipse begins at 2 a.m. Tuesday will reach totality at 3:08 a.m. and will last 78 minutes, before the light will creep back across the moon’s face.

All four of the eclipses in this Tetrad will be visible in North America.

The K.A.S. plans to set up telescopes to view the eclipse at the Nature Center but they may have to scrub if Mother Nature obscures the view.

The celestial event has significance with some in the Jewish faith because each of the four lunar events will occur on a Jewish Holiday. 

Others are predicting that the four consecutive ‘bloodmoons” are an omen that something big, possibly bad may happen.