The first total eclipse of the moon since December 2011 will be visible in North America, just in time to greet last-minute tax filers in the United States.
However, many Americans may not be in a good place to see the eclipse because of cloudy and rainy conditions.
The total lunar eclipse, resulting from the Earth's position between the moon and sun, will occur early Tuesday morning, EDT.
Graphic by Al Blasko for AccuWeather.com
The eclipse will begin at 12:53 a.m. EDT Tuesday. It will reach totality at 3:06 a.m. EDT and end at 4:24 a.m. EDT.
Viewing conditions will be poor in the eastern United States, except for South Florida, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
"A front will stretch from central Quebec down through the Appalachians into the Gulf Coast," Edwards said. "It will bring clouds, showers and even thunder in the South and mid-Atlantic. It will be mostly dry but clouds will be streaming into eastern New England."
High pressure systems over the Canadian Prairies, Texas and Oklahoma will be in control bringing clear skies and good viewing conditions to the central U.S. and parts of the Southwest, Edwards said.
"A storm off the Pacific Northwest coast will bring clouds and showers to western Washington and northwestern Oregon," he said.
In addition to the eclipse, Mars will be on a close approach to the Earth, about 57 million miles away.
A lunar eclipse is seen in the sky beside a statue of Buddha in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, the last time there was a total lunar eclipse until the overnight hours of April 14 and 15, 2014. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
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