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When the Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night, a spot in Super Bowl LIII is on the line. The final quarter at Arrowhead Stadium might even have some drama, but nothing will be as rare as what the entire country will see when it ends.

When the final seconds tick off, as one fan base celebrates and the other sulks, everyone in North America can step outside at approximately 11:41 p.m. EST to check out one of the most unique things ever: a total lunar eclipse.

Ironically, it’s not the first time a Boston sports team has played in a big game in Missouri on the night of a Blood Moon.

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The total lunar eclipse, which takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and Moon and covers the Moon with its shadow, will last 1 hour and 2 minutes, according to Space.com, and will be visible from start to finish.

This will mark the first visible total lunar eclipse in North America in three years and will be the first time the entire United States can see it since 2010. Reports state people on the East Coast will have the best view of the rare super moon show.

As crazy as it might sound, the penumbral, partial, and total stages will be seen everywhere in the Americas. It’s the first time it’s happened since 2000 and the last time it will happen until 2058, according to Forbes.

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According to Space.com, approximately 2.8 billion people will be able to see the rustic orange or red Moon fully immersed in Earth’s shadow, from the Western Hemisphere to Europe and to parts of Africa and Russia.

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So when the game is over, go outside. You don’t want to miss the rarest non-football thing to happen after one of the biggest showdowns of the year.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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