Blood Moon: There will more opportunities over the next two years
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:34 AM -
Sky gazers were mesmerized as they caught a glimpse of the "Blood Moon" crossing the Earth's shadow in all its splendor early Tuesday morning.
Miss this one? There will be more opportunities as this was the first in a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses known as the "Tetrad."
The phenomenon will repeat itself three more times in six-month intervals ending in September 2015.
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"The fact that there are four total lunar eclipses in succession, coming this year and the next, is unusual," sais Griffith Observatory director Dr. Ed Krupp. "I mean, we haven't seen that kind of thing for centuries. But, it is not the kind of thing that astronomers get worked up about, per se. It doesn't really mean anything than it's just the chance arrangement of gravity and the motion of the objects in the solar system -- primarily the Earth and the moon of course in this case."
The next Blood Moons will be visible October 8 of this year, then April 4 and September 27 of next year.
Miss those, and you'll have to wait until 2032.
Lunar eclipses are less rare than solar eclipses because of how close the moon is to earth. The shadow of the moon is much smaller than the shadow of the earth.
YOUR PHOTOS: Check out amazing photos of Tuesday's Blood Moon