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'Blood Moon' glows over the Heartland

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Second chances for a total lunar eclipse don't come around that often.

However, if you missed the "blood moon" in April, you will have another chance to view the total lunar eclipse early on Wednesday morning.

People in the Heartland will have the best chance of catching a glimpse of the sky show around 5:25 a.m. CT, according to NASA.

The entire lunar eclipse will start about 4:14 a.m. and end just before the sun rises at 7:34.

Michael Cobb, an astronomy professor at Southeast Missouri State, said it is rather rare for these events to take place twice in a single year.

"If you look at the relative size between the Earth and the moon, it's very hard to get them aligned just exactly right so one shadow lands on the other," Cobb said.

Students at Southeast Missouri State University said it is opportunities like this to see what they have been learning in the classroom happen naturally.

"It brings it all home," DJ Sharrock said. "It lets you know that what you are studying is real and it does matter and it does affect people."

Sharrock plans on staying up to see the lunar event and he said he will be looking for one thing.

"I want to see how red it gets, you know, how it looks," Sharrock said.

The best place to see it is in Hawaii. If you're not there and looking to get front-row seats for the sky show, you will want to look west toward the horizon.

You can also watch NASA's live stream from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif. here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc-backup-3

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