Blood Moon Rising: Chicago star gazers in for treat if weather holds out –

Winter is returning for an encore this week, with up to an inch of snow this evening and lows in the 20s over the next two nights.

The slushy storm may pull out of the Chicago area in time for people to catch at least some of the lunar eclipse overnight. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, the moon will begin to move into the earth’s shadow. It’s called a “Blood Moon” because the color changes into a burnt reddish-orange.

Clouds or not, the Adler hosts a Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday. The event will feature public telescopes, but attendees are invited to bring their own.

NASA plans live coverage of the eclipse on NASA TV, website and on its social media accounts. Coverage will begin at 1 a.m.

The three-hour event is the first in a series of lunar eclipses to come.

Three more blood moons will occur in roughly six-month intervals, with the next one expected in October.

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