A total eclipse of the moon will be visible during the early morning Tuesday (Michigan). The moon will start to go into eclipse at 12:27 a.m., and will start the total eclipse at 2:40 a.m. The greatest eclipse will be at 3:17 a.m. and the total eclipse will end at 3:53 a.m. The eclipse ends at 6:06 a.m. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks the sun's rays from the face of the moon. The moon is then fully in the shadow cast in space by the Earth. The winter solstice, which occurs afterward, is the time when the sun reaches its lowest point in the northern sky. The day of the solstice is essentially the shortest of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.