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Monday, April 14, 2014

Blood Moon Rising

If you haven't heard, we are due for four Blood Moons, a lunar tetrad, at roughly six month intervals until October 2015.

What is a Blood Moon? When the moon passes through the darkest shadow of the earth, it takes on a deep red colour. In other words, we'll be watching a lunar eclipse of a most striking kind.

The first moon in the sequence arrives tomorrow, April 2015 at 2 a.m. EDT. On the west coast that's April 14th at 11 p.m. PDT.

Provided skies are cloud free, North America will have front row seats to the celestial event. Weather not permitting:
The planet Mars, yet another red body in the heavens, will be flanking the eclipsed moon tonight.

UPDATE: April 15th, 12:26 a.m. PDT

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