PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Early Tuesday morning, you’ll be able to ring in the arrival of winter with a rare sky show.  It’s the first total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice in nearly four centuries.

Not since 1638 — and not again until 2094 — has there been such an event on the shortest day of the year, when the star of the show appears at its highest in the sky.

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“The full moon will move through the earth’s shadow,” explains Franklin Institute chief astronomer Derrick Pitts.  “And as the moon moves into the deepest portion of the shadow, we’ll see a very rich, deep red color appear on the moon.  And then the moon will slide out again.”

Pitts says we could see the surface of the moon take on a darker red hue than usual, thanks to the fine particles being thrown into the atmosphere by the volcano in Iceland (which also has made for some memorable sunrises and sunsets).

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AccuWeather is calling for only patchy clouds overnight for the event that starts at 1:33am and lasts until 5:01am.

If you don’t want to miss it, but need some sleep for work, set your alarm for 2:40am to see the most colorful part of the eclipse, which will last a little more than an hour.

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Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060.