Astronomy
11:30 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Night Owls (And Vampires) Rejoice: Watch The ‘Blood Moon,’ A Lunar Eclipse (Video)

Did you forget to set your alarm overnight to catch the "blood moon?" NASA has posted video of Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse. Watch it:

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NPR reports: There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.

The Los Angeles Times reports: "Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the observatory" and visitors who had packed the grassy lawn "scrambled toward the front of Griffith Observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon."

Here are images of the lunar eclipse over Texas:

Original post: Even if you don’t need to stay up late Monday night to finish taxes, you might want to. Starting after midnight, there will be what’s called a “blood moon.” It’s a full lunar eclipse, and it’s the first of a rare series of eclipses over the next two years.

As earth’s shadow crosses in front of the moon late Monday night, we will begin to see a dull, red glow, similar to the color visible at sunset.

Mary Urquhart, a planetary scientist and associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, explains the colorful eclipse is the first of four, consecutive total lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six-month intervals.

“And what makes this particular tetrad special even though there will be nine in the 21st century, is that it is entirely visible from North America and specifically from the U.S. and Texas,” Urquhart told KERA.

To catch a glimpse, Urquhart says start looking high in the night sky around 1 a.m.

The moon will appear to vanish, she says, and then you’ll see that eerie, blood red glow.

Learn more about the eclipse at KERA’s Breakthroughs blog.

And NPR offers a few more details.

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