Blood Moon (10/8/14)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

SOURCE - John W. Johnson
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Impressive, huh? The 'Blood Moon,' according to EarthSky is "a lunar tetrad -- four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons)."

A Lunar Eclipse Circular Collage created by Astrophotographer Connor Madison.
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So far we've had two...
1) April 14-15, 2014
2) October 7-8, 2014

I live in the U.S. Midwest, so in Eastern Time the Blood Moon reached its total eclipse at about 6:25 a.m. and lasted to until about 7:24 a.m. I was actually up at this time because I had to get to a meeting at 8 a.m. so I witnessed the second Blood Moon! It was a pretty cool experience. I actually tried to record it on my iPhone. It's not the greatest quality, and you can't really see the color of the moon, but you can see the Moon moving across the sky! I don't know, I'm easily amused, plus nature is just so BEAUTIFUL.

This is the shot that I got from my backyard. You can click to enlarge it but it's not the best quality.

So what makes the Blood Moon look like this? Well according to CNN, the Blood Moon hues come from "the edges of the sun peeking around the periphery of the Earth, catching the atmosphere." Another way they put it was, "a global sunset shining on the moon..."

I'm not an Astronomer and have ZERO knowledge about this stuff but I thought I'd share this experience since it's actually very rare. According to CNN, lunar eclipses occur in random order so getting four total eclipses in a row is very rare. Also, before the 20th century, there was a 300 year period where there were no Blood Moons. The most unique thing about this set of lunar eclipses, however, is that they're visible for almost all parts of the U.S. Unfortunately, anyone who lives in Europe, Africa and the Middle East weren't able to see the Blood Moon.

But if you happen to live somewhere where the Blood Moon is visible and you missed the first two, you can check out the next two which will occur next year:

3) April 4, 2015
4) September 28, 2015

And if you live somewhere where the Blood Moon isn't visible, you can check out the live stream that NASA does. If you want to know more about this phenomenon, you can check out the NASA website here.

Did you get to see the Blood Moon? If so, how was it?! I'd love to see pictures! If not, are you going to try to catch the next two? Let me know in the comments below!

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