What’s Happening With Our Moon?!?

What’s happening with our Moon??!

A rare celestial phenomenon called “tetrad” will start tonight.  A lunar tetrad is a series of four lunar eclipses in a row, over a period of time.  The first one starts tonight, April 14th 2014.   The total eclipse of the moon will be visible from the Americas. This phenomenon occurs once every 10-18 years.  The last one was in 2003.  

The “Blood Moon” will begin at 10:58 p.m. PDT Monday night; the moon will go into full eclipse at 12:06 a.m., staying eclipsed all the way until 1:24 a.m. PDT, then gradually brightening up until 2:33 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 15th.   

Significance of the Blood Moon

For some this moon is a sign that taxes are due and that you’ll be bleeding money for the next few months; for others, such as Texas televangelist John Hagee, this is seen as particularly meaningful for Israel, says previous tetrads, in 1492, 1948 and 1967, coincided with such events as the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the Inquisition, statehood for Israel, and the Six-Day War.

Here is what you can expect to see in the sky tonight:

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A composite image of the Dec. 10, 2011 lunar eclipse as seen from Ankara, Turkey. Credit: M. Rasid Tugral

Here’s more scientific stuff for all you geeks:

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Interested in finding out more about the rest of the “tetrad” eclipses? Head over to www.skyandtelescope.com to read more.

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