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Lunar Eclipse On April 15: Witness the Blood Moon

  • Osvaldo Nunez , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Mar, 31, 2014, 10:52 AM
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(Photo : REUTERS/Jon Nazca) Lunar Eclipse to occur on April 15

You're going to want to mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 15, as there will be a lunar eclipse in the wee hours of the morning.

Astronomers and amateurs alike will have to stay up through the light hours of the night and the early morning to see the first of a string of four "blood moons" anticipated to happen over the next year and a half.

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Light from the sun to the moon will be blocked by the Earth by 3:07 a.m. EST. The event is expected to last about 77 minutes with the climax occurring at 3:36 a.m. EST.

What is a "Blood Moon"? During a total lunar eclipse, the moon will adopt a reddish-orange shade of color. As the Earth begins to cast its shadow on the moon, the moon will partially disappear from view. Then the moon begins to appear brighter with a red or orange hue thanks to Earth's atmosphere bending toward the moon.

There will be a total of four complete lunar eclipses in a row, separated by six lunar months, and there will be no partial eclipses in between. This is called "tetrad." The rest of the blood moons of this tetrad will occur on Oct. 8, 2014; April 4, 2015; and Sept. 28, 2015.

What's mind blowing about all of this is the fact that these four eclipses add to a total of eight lunar eclipses in the 21 century, compared to just 5 in the entire 20 century.

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch and pose no harm to the naked eye.

Some speculate that the blood moons are not just the result of rare alignments. Some believe that they are a part of a biblical prophecy to be fulfilled in relevance to Israel. Guess we will just have to see.  

 

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