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Catch A Glimpse Of The Total Lunar Eclipse!

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The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse - Miami, FL - Feb 20, 2008 - Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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LYNDHURST, NJ (AP) - Night owls in northern New Jersey can get a close glimpse of the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years.

The Meadowlands Commission’s McDowell Observatory in Lyndhurst will open its doors at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

LINKS: McDowell Observatory | NASA Mr. Eclipse Site

The Jersey Journal reports visitors will view the eclipse through the observatory’s 20-inch-diameter telescope.

The total eclipse is set to happen at 3:17 a.m. Tuesday.

Total Eclipse Map for December 21, 2010 - Credit: Mr. Eclipse / NASA

Total Eclipse Map for December 21, 2010 - Credit: Mr. Eclipse / NASA

The program will be canceled if the sky becomes cloudy. Weather updates are available by calling 201-460-8300.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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