Is it a coincidence this is the second year a blood moon is showing up on God’s holy days?
For the third time in a two-year timespan, a “blood moon” will cast an eerie glow above Earth this weekend.
The total lunar eclipse, which is set for the early morning hours of Saturday, April 4, is the third in a “lunar tetrad,” or four successive lunar eclipses with no partial lunar eclipses in between, according to Eric Edelman, the host of Slooh’s live broadcast of the event beginning Saturday at 6 a.m. EDT.
Slooh frequently airs live astronomy events by using community observatories from all around the world. For those unable view the total eclipse, you can watch the eclipse unfold live below. After the event concludes, Slooh will show a replay of the event.
According to Edelman, this eclipse will be a “Pacific Ocean spectacle” and it will be best seen from Eastern Australia, Japan, Hawaii, Northeastern Russia and western Alaska.
“The farther west you are in the U.S., the more you will be able to see,” Edelman said.
For observers in California, the conditions should be “pretty good,” with the only issues being the potential for low clouds to develop along the central coast and in Southern California, AccuWeather.com Senior Meterologist Ken Clark said. Viewers in Arizona could potentially have some high clouds that that may dull the eclipse, he added.
In the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascade Mountain Range, there will also be some spotty raindrops to dodge and overall conditions will be touch-and-go to catch a good view, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Houk. East of the Cascades in Washington, generally partly cloudy skies will offer a better opportunity for viewing, he said.
The moon will first begin passing through the outermost portion of the Earth’s shadow (what’s known as the penumbral stage) at 5:01 a.m. EDT, and viewers will notice a subtle dimming. It is when the Moon gets to the dark, inner (umbral) shadow that stargazers will see a distinctive darkness spread across the moon around 6:15 a.m. EDT.
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