Total lunar eclipse to happen Monday night

Total lunar eclipse to happen Monday night

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Many skywatchers are looking forward to Monday night's lunar eclipse and this one is going to be a special one.

The Olson family enjoyed a day at the Arizona Science Center and they're ready for the lunar eclipse.

"We are always looking forward to any time to get up and look at God's creation," said Tera Olson.

The Earth's shadow will cover the moon, making it a "Blood Moon," but the show starts late.

"ARound 12:10.. a little after midnight.. it will be completely red.  12:45 mini-eclipse, then around 1:00 it starts to lose that redness," said Mike George, who runs the ASC's planetarium.  He showed us what to expect -- the moon will be red and that scares some people.

Basically what's going on is the sun light is passing through to the Earth's atmosphere.  The blue light gets scattered and left with nothing but red light that falls on the Earth, making it look right," explained George.

You don't need any special equipment or glasses to see the lunar eclipse Monday night.

If you miss it, not to worry -- there will be another one in October and it will be just as spectacular.  In 2015, there will be more in April and September.

Having four lunar eclipses this close together doesn't happen very often. 

For the best view, set your alarms around midnight -- that's when the show begins and lasts about 3.5 hours.

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