Total lunar eclipse in 2004 by Fred Espenak

Tonight for April 14, 2014

The red planet Mars shines close to the full moon all night long.

The very bright red planet Mars shines close to the full moon on the night of the April 14-15 eclipse.

Above photo is a 2004 lunar eclipse by Fred Espenak. Oftentimes, the full moon appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse because the dispersed light from all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon. Thus the term Blood Moon can be and is applied to any and all total lunar eclipses. However, this term seems to have special significance in Christian culture in 2014, as a remarkable series of total lunar eclipses – a tetrad – begins. The first one is April 14 or 15 (depending on your time zone). On that night, the brilliant “star” near the April full moon is the red planet Mars. They’ll be near each other as the eclipse takes place, and indeed, as seen from around the world, all night long. North America is in a good place to see this eclipse, by the way, and all four eclipses of the lunar tetrad. Follow the links below to learn more about the April 14-15, 2014 total lunar eclipse:

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