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Total lunar eclipse to greet early risers on Election Day

Total lunar eclipse moon
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Total lunar eclipse moon

If you’re getting up early to be one of the first in line to vote at your local polling station, you could be in for a treat. A rare lunar eclipse is happening in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

For the first time in our country’s history, the moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow on Election Day. This total lunar eclipse will occur between the hours of 5:16 a.m. and 6:41 a.m.

Norbert Vance is the director of the Sherzer Observatory at Eastern Michigan University.

“If you’re up early that morning, just look to the west, and you’ll see a very deep orange moon as it gets eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow.”

Thenext total lunar eclipse won’t occur until March of 2025. But Vance says as long as there isn’t too much cloud cover, stargazers should be able get a good view.

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