First of Four Blood Moons on April 15

First of Four Blood Moons on April 15

April 15 is coming up with a great opportunity for stargazers as the first of four blood moons will be visible in both North and South America.

As per NASA officials, the first blood moon is a complete lunar eclipse in which the trajectory of earth's orbit passes between the moon and the sun. The eclipse starts at 3.07 am as per EST and will be at its peak 3.36 am and ending at 4.25 am. The eclipse will last for around 78 minutes.

The second blood moon will occur on October 8, 2014, the third one on April 4, 2015, and the last blood moon will occur on September 28, 2015. Experts were of the view that to enjoy the view, it is vital to have clear sky.

Satiating many excited sky gazers, experts said lunar eclipse is quiet safe to view and do not damage eyes. On the other hand, it is vital wear protective gear to view solar eclipse.

While explaining the reason what makes moon to turn 'blood red', astronomer Gerald McKeegan at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland said, "At first, the full moon will just appear to be a little darker than normal, but eventually people will notice a much darker arc moving across the moon, with a distinct rusty reddish-brown color".

This blood red color of the moon is due to refraction of sunlight by the Earth's atmosphere, affirmed McKeegan. He said the effect is similar to the one we see when the sun gets reddish-orange at sunset. Many fundamentalist religious groups have issued statements regarding the impending Blood Moon cycle. Many local observatories will be open to allow people to view the blood moon eclipse.


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