Blood Moon: Don't Miss the Next Lunar Eclipse

Oct 10, 2014 | written by:

 

If you missed the Blood Moon eclipse on Oct. 8, do not go into any sort of deep depression because you have two more chances!
That is because it is part of a tetrad, which consists of four lunar eclipses in a row.

The first lunar eclipse in the series was on April 15, 2014, and the final two will be on April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.

What exactly is a Blood Moon and why should you care?

The Blood Moon is a total lunar eclipse which occurs when the Sun is behind Earth, casting a shadow on the Moon. The shadow covers the entire moon, but it is not completely dark. For an hour or so, the shadow causes a beautiful red glow on the moon when everything is aligned. This is because Earth’s atmosphere extends roughly 50 miles past its surface. If you were to watch the eclipse from the Moon, you would see a glowing red ring around Earth.

A series like this is much more rare than you think. Before the 20th century, there was a 300-year gap where no tetrads occurred! In fact, there will not be another tetrad until the year 2032.

 

Unlike solar eclipses, no special equipment or techniques are needed to spot a lunar eclipse.

If you did not get the chance to go out and watch the lunar eclipse, you can watch this lapsed video captured of the live stream NASA provided (Timelapse Video):

 

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