Total lunar eclipse over the US East coast Saturday

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FILE – Oct. 8, 2014, Blood Moon, created by the full moon passing into the shadow of the earth during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Monterey Park, Calif. Skygazers in the western U.S. and Canada will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon before dawn, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Scientists said it’’ll be an unusually brief eclipse, with totality lasting several minutes. (AP/ Nick Ut)

NASA sent out an Instagram post notifying people on the East coast of the US that the early morning pre-sunrise full moon will shine a majestic shade of red.

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NASA said in the post:
Set your alarm! On Saturday morning, April 4, 2015, not long before sunrise on the East Coast, the bright full moon over North America should turn a lovely shade of celestial red during a total lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse will be visible from all parts of the United States. Eastern North America and western South America can see beginning stages of the partial umbral eclipse low in the west before sunrise April 4, whereas middle Asia (India, western China, mid-Asian Russia) can view the ending stages of the partial umbral eclipse low in the east after sunset April 4. Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Africa and the Middle East won’t see this eclipse at all. The total eclipse will last only five minutes.

From 6 – 8 a.m. EDT, NASA TV will offer live video and NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams will take Twitter questions via @NASA_Marshall on Twitter. Use the hashtag #eclipse2015 to send your questions.