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The First of 4 Lunar Eclipses for the US

WVVA (Bluefield, WV) -- The morning of Tuesday, April 15th, the US will be in position to see a full lunar eclipse. This will be the first in a consecutive series of 4 total lunar eclipses (called a tetrad) all about 6 months from each other. The second eclipse in this group will be October 8, 2014, the third: April 4, 2015, and the forth: Sept. 28, 2015. This isn’t unprecedented, but what is unusual is that all 4 will be visible from the US!

With a lunar eclipse, the FULL moon will pass directly in the Earth’s shadow (most of the time it is either just north or just south of it). The sun, earth and moon completely line up and as the moon passes into the earth’s shadow, it will appear red for a time to everyone on earth able to see it.

Nicknamed the ‘Blood Moon’, this part in the total lunar eclipse will cause the moon to appear red as the light from all the sunsets and sunrises around the earth are dispersed onto the moon-casting a reddish shadow (imagine standing on the moon and looking at the earth, with the sun directly behind it.. the sun’s light will surround the outer edges-like a ring of fire). Alone, this will be an incredible site, but Mars will be right beside the moon-also with a reddish tint. The total eclipse plus the bright, reddish Mars will make for quite the celestial show!

Here are the times for watching the eclipse (you will need to be up early.. or late):

Eastern Daylight Time (April 15, 2014)

Partial umbral eclipse begins: 1:58 a.m. EDT on April 15

Total eclipse begins: 3:07 a.m. EDT

Greatest eclipse: 3:46 a.m. EDT

Total eclipse ends: 4:25 a.m. EDT

Partial eclipse ends: 5:33 a.m. EDT

Unfortunately, due to clouds and rain, we won’t be able to see this eclipse here in the Two Virginias. However, we get another shot at it in October! We will be sure to remind you to check it out!

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