The moon eclipse about to occur in the present year will truly be a scene that will bedazzle anyone who sees it. Today, at night the moon will take on a crimson-tangerine hue. This change will begin gradually till it takes on the tinges of the blood moon.
Like a blue moon which is a rare phenomenon, this too is an oddity of sorts. The apogee of the happening will occur at 3:45 AM. Only half of those on the eastern coast of the US will be able to view it.
Meanwhile, those in the Midwest and LA will easily be able to gaze at this astronomical fluke of moo eclipse with delight and a sense of wonder. Europeans and Africans won’t get a chance to see the spectacle in their respective continents though.
This blood moon is just a part of a foursome series. In the next 18 months or so, four blood moons will become visible to North Americans. The reddish hue is due to the moon traversing through planet’s shadow.
As the scarlet sunsets and sunrises gather, the effect is a blood moon. The reddish color reflects what already exists in the earth’s climate.
The four blood moons are expected to occur in April and October of this year and April and September of the next. While this may suggest that it is a common occurrence, yet the fact remains that it is an extreme rarity.
In fact, moon eclipses are a haphazard matter. They show no order but are based on the law of chance as set down by chaos theory. The astronomical experts even have title for this event: a tetrad.
This generation is fortunate that it will get to see a tetrad. That is because there have been none in the past 300 years before the start of the 21st century.
According to CNN, timeline of events:
12:53 a.m. ET -- The eclipse will officially begin but there will not yet be anything to see with the human eye.
1:40 a.m. ET -- Observers should start to see some partial darkening along the left edge of the moon that will increase as the minutes pass.
1:58 a.m. ET -- Partial eclipse begins: People will start to see the dark disk of the Earth's shadow crossing the moon. The shadow will advanced across the moon throughout the next hour.
2:50 a.m. ET -- As more of the moon becomes covered in shadow, observers should start to see parts of the dark shadow turn dark red or orange.
3:06 a.m. ET -- Total eclipse begins with the moon completely in the shadow of the Earth and should appear reddish orange. The blood moon has arrived.
3:45 a.m. ET -- Great eclipse: The middle of the total eclipse; moon should appear dark red/orange
4:24 a.m. ET -- Totoal eclipse ends: Moon will begin to reappear from the shadow and coloration will begin to disappear.
4:45 a.m. ET - As more of the moon emerges from the shadow, the color should be mostly gone. What is left will appear black.
5:33 a.m. ET -- Partial eclipse ends as dark shadow completely leaves the moon, which will return to its normal look over the next 10-20 minutes.
6:37 a.m. ET -- Eclipse officially ends.
Update: The blood moon eclipse 2014 is over now.