Keep Your Eyes On the Sky Tonight For a Total Lunar Eclipse
Tonight the skies will be illuminated by an incredible celestial event known as a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon appears to change color as it passes through the shadow of the earth. Tonight’s eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses known as the tetrad that will be reoccurring over the next two years in sixth-month intervals. The eclipse will be most visible over North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean tonight, but sky-gazers in northwest Africa and the eastern half of South America will see part of the eclipse as well.
During the eclipse, the moon will glow red as it receives the refracted light that spills over the Earth’s circumference. This ruddy hue gives the phenomenon its haunting nickname the “Blood Moon.” Astrological and religious academics claim that the “Blood Moon” is supposed to be a an evil omen marking the end of times, spooky right? Anyway, whether tonight’s eclipse marks the end of the world or the advent of a great summer, it’s going to be beautiful. The eclipse will take place over a three-hour span tonight, hitting its peak around 3:46 am EST.