Into the moon? Maybe you’re not a big fan of all that stuff out there amongst the galaxies and the planets, but early Tuesday morning might serve as a perfect opportunity to cuddle up next to someone close and get some alone time while doing some oh-so-romantic star-gazing.

The last lunar eclipse of 2010 will be on display Tuesday morning, December 21, and is expected to last three-and-a-half hours, NASA says. A partial eclipse will be on view at 1.33 am EST and the complete eclipse will be finished at 5:01 am EST.

A lunar eclipse involves the moon, the Earth, and the Sun being aligned in a manner where the Sun’s rays are shielded from the moon by the Earth. Lunar eclipses only occur when the moon is in a full phase and if the moon passes through some portion of the Earth’s shadow.

What time should you be up to see the total eclipse? 2:41 am EST. This is when the entire moon will pass through the Earth’s umbra, or inner shadow, and block all direct sunlight from reaching the moon.

And then it will be time for the spectacular finale, or what all stargazers are interested in seeing: the moon will be a vibrant red color at approximately 3:35 am EST.

The last lunar eclipse appeared in June 2010.

If your interested in staying up tonight and taking advantage of what nature has to offer, or to find out the best viewing times outside of the Eastern Time Zone, check out NASA’s page on the December 21 lunar eclipse.

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