A Colorful Lunar Eclipse

Here in North America, we are in a fair location to see this amazing alignment of the sun, Earth and moon, and if conditions are right, the moon, for a time, will turn blood red — what some astronomers call a “blood moon.” The entire event of totality will be visible in the United States, and the farther west viewers are, the higher the moon will appear to be in the sky at the moment of totality. This is the second in a series of four total lunar eclipses that occur in six-month intervals, known as a “lunar tetrad.

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“If you’re stuck under cloudy skies, at least two webcasts are planned. Weather permitting in Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory plans a 4½-hour-long webcast beginning on October 8th at 1:15 a.m. PDT (8:15 UT). Meanwhile, Gianluca Masi has assembled an international team of photographers for his Virtual Telescope Project webcast at 6:00 a.m. EDT (10:00 UT).”