The Blood Moon, the Lunar Eclipse 4/11

Updated: What you need to know if you want to see the "blood moon" Tuesday morning.


Early Tuesday morning, there is going to be a lunar eclipse that will, hopefully in cooperation with the weather, be a phenomenal viewing opportunity for everyone in North America.

The Sun, Moon, and the Earth... Will align early Tuesday morning. A lunar eclipse is when the moon is completely within the earth shadow.
Sunlight is blocked, and because of how light is bent, the moon will show up red.

This is the first of two, what's called blood moons this year.

Although many people might not be awake so early in the morning for this first blood moon, you will get another viewing opportunity in October with the harvest moon.

The next will happen on October 8th.

Two more will occur in 2015, making a series of 4 blood moons, each about 6 months apart.

On Monday, Meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz spoke with  NASA scientist Dr. Mehdi Benna.  "Sunlight is actually coming from all the sunsets and the sunrises that are occurring right on earth. And because they are red, the moon takes on that reddish tone."

Not all lunar eclipse result in a red moon. Benna says, "The moon has to be right at the right distance behind the earth for sunlight to filter through the atmosphere to bend exactly the way it's supposed to be."

The eclipse will start about 2:00am Tuesday morning, but the best viewing of the blood moon is going to be between 3:00-4:30am according to NASA.

As far as our weather Tuesday morning, it looks pretty cloudy, since our next system we are tracking looks to bring us rain into Tuesday. Don't worry, there will be one more blood moon this year. It will be on October 8th full moon, or the Harvest moon.

There has been some theories speculation about the blood moon and it's timing with Passover.

Tetrad- according to NASA is when there are 4 consecutive total lunar eclipse. There will be 8 Tetrads in the 21st century, next week's is the second, of eight.

The last time a full lunar eclipse was seen across the entire U-S was in December of 2010.

LADEE is one of two orbiters around the moon. It will soon crash into the moons surface once it's mission is complete. To view LADEE's work, click the following link:

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ladee/multimedia/index.html#.U0w_gKIVB2A

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