This morning marks the second and final total lunar eclipse of 2014, with the moon entering the Earth’s shadow at around 4:00 a.m EST and exiting around 7:00 EST. NASA is hosting a Live Ustream of the eclipse (with music!) here. And what’s with the name “blood moon” anyway? Here’s NASA, again, with the answer:

During the time of total eclipse, the moon will often look reddish due to red and orange light being scattered by the atmosphere. This eerie, harmless effect has earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname “blood moon.”

No vampires? Sheesh. Now, on with the show!

Upcoming eclipses visible the U.S.:

  • October 23, 2014 — partial solar eclipse
  • April 4, 2015 — total lunar eclipse
  • August 21, 2017 — total solar eclipse. Get the popcorn for that one.


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