Total Lunar Eclipse
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Sky gazers are in for a rare celestial treat - the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 that occurs overnight on 14-15 April.

The phenomenon occurs when the Earth, Sun and moon are in perfect alignment, covering the moon from view in the Earth's shadow.

Who Gets to See it?

The total lunar eclipse will be easily visible throughout the North and South American continents and much of the Pacific Basin, including Hawaii. However, Europe, Africa, and central Asia will miss the entire eclipse because it will be daytime in those regions at the time of the event.

What Time?

According to Nasa, the total lunar eclipse will begin around 2am EDT (7am BST) and will last for around three hours. Ahead of the total lunar eclipse on 15 April, stargazers can view a full moon on 14 April.

How Many Total Eclipses Will be Seen?

The total lunar eclipse, also known as a red moon or blood moon, on 15 April will be the first of four total eclipses that will occur through 2014 and 2015, known as a tetrad. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on 8 October, the third on 4 April and the final eclipse on 28 September. The next series of four will not happen again until 2032.

"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," Nasa eclipse expert Fred Espenak told CNN.

Where to Watch Online

Stargazers who won't be able to see the event by looking up at the night sky can watch live online, courtesy of SLOOH camera.

Nasa is also live-streaming the eclipse, which will begin at approximately 2am EDT on 15 April.