Red Moon Rising

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-22h12m51s59This week is holy week in the Christian calendar but in the Jewish calendar it marks Passover Celebrations. Tonight at sundown marked the beginning of Passover and it continues until tomorrow at sundown.

What is special is that tonight there will be a total eclipse of the moon, and what makes it even more unique is the moon’s color; blood red. When the earth moves directly between the moon and the sun, filtered sunlight still shines through the earth’s atmosphere, making the moon appear red.

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-22h12m58s135Tonight’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.

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-22h13m15s44Previously, an eclipse tetrad occurred from 2003 to 2004. In case you want to see the red moons from Belize it will be a real red-eye viewing. According to the Belize Meteorological Service while Belize is currently in the Mountain Time zone which will see the Eclipse begin at 12:30 am, geographically, Belize is in the Central Time Zone which will more likely begin at 1:30am to about 4:30am.

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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