The moon is all set to turn red starting on late Monday when it aligns with the Sun and Earth, assuring a celestial spectacle for sky gazers. Astronomers claim that the total lunar eclipse will stretch into the wee hours of Tuesday.
This rare astronomical phenomenon is the first of four consecutive lunar eclipses called a lunar tetrad. But according the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Tuesday’s eclipse will the last total lunar eclipse that will be visible from the United States until the year 2019. With favorable weather, the 'blood moon' can be seen from most parts of the country, except for Alaska and New England.
Alaskans will be able to see a partially eclipsed moon as it rises. For residents of New England, however, the moon will have set before the end of the eclipse.
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People won't have to use binoculars or telescopes to enjoy the show stopping eclipse. Chairperson of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, Andrew Fraknoi, stated that people need only bring their eyes to find the full moon.
After this tetrad, the next eclipse should occur on October 8. The next series of eclipses won’t take place again until the year 2032. NASA is due to provide live coverage of the event beginning at 2 a.m. EDT on NASA TV, their official website, as well as its social media accounts.
Despite the massive developments in astronomy and the way it has provided scientific explanations to various natural celestial phenomena, many people still maintain that there are religious and spiritual connections to eclipses – especially the ‘blood moon’. A Texas pastor named John Hagee came out with a book last year called Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change, which examines the “supernatural connection” of certain astronomical phenomena to prophecies in the bible.
Watch the moon turn blood red.
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