Blood Moon Tonight!

Blood Moon Tonight!
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Weather Talk
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:23pm

If the clouds clear away, and I expect that they will at least turn partly cloudy overnight, then the RGV will be treated to a rare celestial treat:  a Blood Moon.

What is a blood moon?  A blood moon is technically a total lunar eclipse, when the full moon passes into the Earth's shadow.  The sun is so big that its light scatters around the earth casting an orange and/or red haze onto the moon.  This makes it look "blood" red for a while.

The best time to see the blood moon will be at 2:46 a.m. Tuesday morning.  However, you can see (clouds permitting) the eclipse starting at around 2 a.m. and lasting until around 3:30 a.m.

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