Lunar eclipse sends 'blood moon' over Columbia

Monday, April 14, 2014 | 7:55 p.m. CDT; updated 6:09 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLUMBIA — Cloud cover will be minimal when the Earth begins to eclipse the moon at 11:53 p.m. Monday.

The total eclipse will occur between 1:06 and 2:24 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

Light from the sun will refract around Earth's atmosphere into the planet's shadow, casting a reddish hue over the moon. The phenomenon is known as a "blood moon," according to the National Weather Service.

It will be the first total lunar eclipse since Dec. 10, 2011, according to NASA's website. The last total lunar eclipse that was visible from North America happened on Dec. 21, 2010. 

The eclipse will end at 5:37 a.m. Tuesday. The next total lunar eclipse will be Oct. 8, according to NASA.

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