April 14- 15th is the start to the series of four lunar eclipse’s. According to Earthsky , “The April 2014 full moon will pass directly through Earth’s dark (umbral) shadow, to stage a total eclipse of the moon for nearly 1 and 1/3 hours, during the nighttime hours on April 14 or 15 (depending upon time zone). A partial umbral eclipse precedes totality by over an hour, and follows totality by over an hour, so the moon takes a little more than 3 and ½ hours to completely sweep through the Earth’s dark shadow. On eclipse night, the brilliant “star” near the April full moon is no star at all but the red planet Mars. They’ll be within each others vicinity all night long.”
The total eclipse on Tuesday is the start to four eclipse’s that will take place over 2014-2015. There will be another total eclipse this year on October 8, and also on April 4 and September 28 of 2015.
As the lunar eclipse takes place the moon will turn a burnt reddish color which is being called the “Blood Moon”
According to NASA, people in North and South America will be able to see the entire eclipse, while sky watchers in the western Pacific can catch only the last half. The moon will be setting in most of Europe and Africa during the eclipse, so residents there probably won’t see much.
So if you are a sky gazer this is your chance to catch this full lunar eclipse, but you’ll have to stay up late Monday night into Tuesday morning to catch this. NASA says around 2 am the heavenly curtain rises and the moon will start to slide into Earth’s shadow.
Hoping everyone has the chance to get this beautiful sight in the skies. If you are able to get pictures, please feel free to share them with us.
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