Friday, April 3, 2015

Lunar Eclipse 'Blood Moon' Should Be Easter Weekend Spectacle

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Star gazers will see a treat in their celestial Easter basket this weekend. The western United States should have a prime seat to see a lunar eclipse—referred to by some as a "blood moon"—before sunrise. The phenomenon occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and moon, creating a red shadow. This is the third of four such eclipses in the 2014-2015 tetrad, the fourth due to occur Sept. 28.

The partial eclipse should be visible starting at 4:16 a.m. MT Saturday, April 4 and should peaking around 6 a.m. MT.

Astronomers advise using a telescope or binoculars, and a live stream of the event will be available from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Click here.

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