Rare `Blood Moon` in total lunar eclipse set to light up skies on October 8

Sky enthusiasts, are in for a delight as they will witness the `Blood Moon` crossing Earth`s shadow on October 8.

Blood moon is a sequence of lunar eclipses called a tetrad that will occur over the next two years.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is entirely immersed in the Earth shadow, and can take on a dusky “blood red” colour due to the scattering of sunlight through the edges of Earth`s atmosphere.

The entire “total” phase of the eclipse would be visible across all but a narrow strip of the East Coast.

The eclipse would begin at 4:15 am Central Daylight Time, when the Moon first touches Earth’s dark inner shadow. It’ll be fully immersed in the shadow about an hour later, beginning the total eclipse.

The western US, including Alaska and Hawaii, will be able to see the whole thing. The Moon would set while the eclipse would be in progress as seen from the eastern half of the country.

The much anticipated rare celestial event happens to be the second of the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad between April 2014 and September 2015. The first of the four eclipses occurred on April 14-15 2014.

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