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Lunar Eclipse, Second of 2014, to Bring Blood Moon on Wednesday

Image: Lunar Eclipse, Second of 2014, to Bring Blood Moon on Wednesday
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By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 04:49 PM

The blood moon is making a return to skies over the western half of the United States, the product of the second 2014 lunar eclipse Wednesday.

You’ll have about an hour to see the moon turn a burnt orange color, from 6:25 a.m. ET until about 7:24 a.m., according to NASA.

“The entire October 08 eclipse is visible from the Pacific Ocean and regions immediately bordering it,” NASA said. “The northwestern 1/3 of North America also witnesses all stages. Farther east, various phases occur after moonset.”

The other blood moon, so named for the color the moon turns as the sun peeks around the edge of the Earth, occurred April 15.

But this blood moon will be larger than the last one, closer in size to a super moon, because it is occurring right after the time when the Earth is closest to the moon’s orbit, called the perigee.

This is the second lunar eclipse in a series of four, called a tetrad. The next two will occur on April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015.

It’s rare to get four blood moons in a row like this, CNN said, comparing it to "drawing a rare lunar poker hand of four of a kind."

"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak told CNN.

Like many happenings in the sky, the online anticipation of the upcoming blood moon and eclipse is high.





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