How and where to see upcoming 'blood moon' lunar eclipse

“When the moon goes total eclipse, it gets a burnt orange, or reddish, depending on a number of factors,” said Paul Oswald, president of the South Jersey Astronomy Club.

Oswald’s group will gather in an event open to the public at Belleplain State Forest in Woodbine, N.J., which is over an hour’s drive for Philadelphians, but, because it is so remote, also a prime place for viewing.

Already, more than 1,400 have expressed interest in the South Jersey Astronomy Club’s viewing event at Belleplain , though bitter cold, or precipitation would discourage all but the hardy.

You don’t have to see the eclipse with an astronomy group, but they usually have experts and amateurs on hand to answer questions and offer viewers glimpses through telescopes.

A lunar eclipse only occurs when the moon -- which is 2,160 miles in diameter -- is full and aligned directly between the earth and sun.

The exact color will depend on various things that can alter the clarity of the atmosphere, such as volcanic activity, storms, fires or even pollution.

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