As summer approaches and the weather warms up, our nearest celestial neighbor has a special treat for sky watchers — a total lunar eclipse visible across North and South America on the night of Sunday, May 15.
The eclipse will begin when the Earth's shadow appears on the moon at 10:27 p.m. ET Sunday night. Over the course of an hour, the shadow will creep across the moon, covering the lunar surface into darkness.
During the 84-minute event, the moon will only receive sunlight bent through the Earth's atmosphere and will change color over the minutes, from gray to pink to orange to red-- which is why it's referred to as a "blood moon."