There are some truly amazing sights to be seen in the night sky each and every year, but there aren't always the options to see them. Well, this year, the lunar eclipse aka "Blood Moon" will be visible for a lot of people, and you've got to know all the ways to get a good glimpse of it, and Extreme Tech revealed some awesome ways on April 14, 2014.
This is actually the first in a series of four blood moons that are set to happen over the course of the next two years. While it's not the end of the world as many would be inclined to believe, it still is a little freaky to look up and see a red moon.
A lunar eclipse, or blood moon, is a great way to see a truly unique and incredible astrological event, but you've got to know when to be on the lookout. Things are going to officially begin at 12:54 a.m. EST and finish up at 6:38 a.m. EST.
Here are some tips on the best ways and times to get a look at the blood moon:
- April 15, 2014 around 2:00 a.m. EST - There will be a partial eclipse
- April 15, 2014 at 3:46 a.m. EST - There will be a mid-eclipse
- April 15, 2014 between 3:00 - 4:30 a.m. EST - The moon will be fully within the umbra of Earth and create a total lunar eclipse. This is when the moon will appear blood red.
The lunar eclipse/blood moon will be visible from all of North America, parts of Europe during moonset in the morning, and the eastern edges of Asia and Australasia during moonrise in the evening.
During this lunar eclipse, make sure to keep an eye out for Mars as well. It is very close to Earth at this time and it is going to appear as a large red star in the sky at night.
You don't need any type of special equipment to see the lunar eclipse as it is visible to the naked eye. You can get a better view with a telescope or binoculars though, and those items will make it easier to check our Mars as well.
For some other information, check out these links:
- U.S. Naval Observatory’s website - Enter your city to get data exactly on when you expect the best views of the lunar eclipse.
- NASA TV - This is a great way to watch the blood moon if you can't make it outside.
With four lunar eclipses happening over the next two years, this phenomenon called a tetrad officially begins on April 15, 2014. The other three blood moons will take place on:
- Oct. 8, 2014
- April 4, 2015
- Sept. 28, 2015