Belizeans Stay up to Watch Red Moon

vlcsnap-2014-04-15-22h15m09s158Those who stayed up to get a rare glimpse of a red moon were surely not disappointed. The skies were super clear  in Belmopan as the earth moved directly between the moon and the sun causing filtered sunlight to shine through the earth’s atmosphere, making the moon appear red.  This week is holy week in the Christian calendar but in the Jewish calendar it marks Passover Celebrations.

Yesterday’s sundown marked the beginning of Passover which is a celebration of when the children of Israel put blood on their doorposts so that the angel of death would bypass them in the final of ten plagues visited on the Egyptians.

vlcsnap-2014-04-15-22h15m02s72Last night’s red moon is the first in a TETRAD of four consecutive lunar eclipses visible in six month intervals.

The next total lunar eclipses will occur Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015.

During the 21st century, there are nine sets of tetrads.  The next time skywatchers will be treated to four consecutive total lunar eclipses will be in the years 2032 to 2033, according to NASA.

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