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DENVER (CBS4) – Call it a sky watcher’s delight!

The first in a series of four total lunar eclipses will occur overnight, and it looks like our weekend storm will be far enough east to give Colorado clear skies and a great view.

The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 2010, as seen from Castle Rock. (credit: Steve Baroch)

The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 2010, as seen from Castle Rock. (credit: Steve Baroch)

It’s called the Blood Moon, and it will be full just before 2 a.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday. The reason behind the name is because the moon will turn a burnt reddish orange as it aligns with the Earth and sun.

The tetrad of total lunar eclipses will be visible to much of the world, including most all of North America and a portion of South America.

According to space.com, tonight’s total lunar eclipse will begin about midnight here in Colorado and will be visible for 3 to 4 hours.

The moon will be fully eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow by 1 a.m. to Colorado viewers.

Over the next 18 months, there will be three more blood moons: October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015.

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