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Cloud cover may restrict viewing of Tuesday morning lunar eclipse

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NORTH CAROLINA (WECT/CNN) - A total lunar eclipse - the first in a series of four such eclipses within thenext two years - will peak around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.

According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will turn the moon a burned reddish-orange. It's called a blood moon, and this one is the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

Clouds, however, may hamper eclipse viewing in spots. The First Alert Weather Team predictscloud coverage near 80% early Tuesday morning.

Should a few "lucky breaks" or thin spots in the clouds occur, eclipse viewerscan expect the full moon to turn a dark reddish hue as Earth's shadow preventsdirect sunlight from illuminating the moon.

Within 1 1/2 years, North America will be able to see a blood moon four times.

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