A full “blood moon” is coming October 8

Set your alarm clock: On Oct. 8th, the Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth for a total lunar eclipse early tomorrow morning.

Sky watchers in New Jersey will see the Moon turn a beautiful shade of celestial red and maybe turquoise, fromĀ about 6:25 a.m. until 7:24 a.m, according to NASA.

The scenic opportunity is described in this NASA video:

Full lunar eclipses are called “blood moons” because they adopt a red tint as sunlight reflected from Earth is cast onto the surface of the moon.

This eclipse will happen two days after a lunar perigee, the point when the natural satellite is nearest to Earth, so NASA expects the Moon will appear 5.3 percent larger than the previous “blood moon” on April 15.

This event marks the second in a series of four lunar consecutive eclipses, known as a “tetrad.”

Earth will experience only eight tetrads this century, according to scientists, who say there will not be another until around 2032 or 2033.


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