What’s this about a Blood Moon?

Copyright 2014 by Paula S. Jordan

In case you haven’t heard, that “blood moon” that much of the press is talking about today is really a lunar eclipse, caused when the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow early TOMORROW morning, April 15th.

A total lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 2010.  Photo credit: Gary A. Becker and SpaceWeather.com

A total lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 2010.
Photo credit: Gary A. Becker and SpaceWeather.com

According to atmospheric sciences professor Richard Keen of the University of Colorado, as quoted on SpaceWeather.com, the color won’t likely be a bloody red. That only occurs with high levels of “volcanic ash and other aerosols” floating around in the stratosphere. This time it’ll likely be a bright orange.

Folks across western South America and almost all of North America will enjoy the total eclipse, beginning at 6 minutes past midnight Pacific Time (3:06 a.m Eastern Time) according to SpaceWeather.com. At least a partial eclipse will be visible from far eastern Asia to far western Europe and Africa.

Even if you’re outside the viewing area or your view is clouded out, you can catch it on the web, live, courtesy of the Coca-Cola Science Center at Columbus State University in Georgia.

For full details see today’s SpaceWeather.com, including a map of North and South American visibility and a diagram of the moon’s passage through Earth’s Shadow.

About Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan is an Analog writer, former orbit analyst, and a blogger, with a an alien contact novel in third draft. It’s all her dad’s fault: giving her that science fiction book at seven years old!

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