A blood red moon is lighting up the sky early this morning.
Your chance to see the rarest lunar eclipse, yet!
On Wednesday, a total lunar eclipse will be visible before sunrise. Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes completely through the shadow cast by the Earth.
Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon. The Moon changed colour from orange to blood red or brown in a total lunar eclipse. The total lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours as the Moon moved into the Earth's shadow.
A total lunar eclipse turned the moon a reddish hue early Tuesday morning, drawing crowds into the night air across the country. The "Blood Moon" effect peaked between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Eastern, and the cosmic color change was perfectly placed for most viewers in North and South America -- at least those fortunate enough to have dodged cloud cover.
So, you want to see a total lunar eclipse? Then plan to stay up late tonight and cross your fingers that clouds aren't in the way, because if you're in North America this could be your last chance to see one this clearly until 2019.
Tuesday's first of four lunar "blood moon" eclipses will mark a major earth-shattering event, depending on your viewpoint -- either the possible start of the end of the world or Tax Day. It could also be just a spectacularly beautiful astronomical event over the next two years.
First things first: There is no such thing as a blood moon. OK, now that we've got that out of the way, we can tell you what actually is happening overnight Monday, and why people are calling it a blood moon – a term that leaves astronomers scratching their heads.
The heavens are putting on a celestial show next week — and one Christian pastor is convinced it’s a sign from God. Bestselling author and televangelist Pastor John Hagee claims the four blood moons that will soon appear in the skies over America are evidence of a future “world-shaking event.”
Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle. What will happen could sound sort of like this: The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done, 'Tis not the herald of the apocalypses Just the first of four total lunar eclipses.
Stargazers can add not one but two total eclipses to their diaries for 2014, according to Stardome Observatory’s publication for 2014 - the NZ Astronomical Yearbook.
List of all the scheduled lunar and solar eclipse occurrences over the next 10 years.
The moon will pass through Earth's penumbra (shadow) on Oct. 18, 2013. See sky maps and a visibility guide here.
Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun. There are three types: The most dramatic is a total lunar eclipse. Find out when is the next one.