If you are out and about early Saturday morning you may want to take a look toward the western sky to see the moon turn red during a lunar eclipse. The moon takes on a red appearance due to sunlight filtering through the earth’s atmosphere. The moon will be moving through the earth’s shadow for the third lunar eclipse to occur in a year’s time. The first was April 15, 2014 and another on October 8, 2014. A fourth lunar eclipse will take place on September 28, 2015 to complete what astronomers call the tetrad- four lunar eclipses occurring in 6-month intervals. The eclipse begins at 5 AM CDT Saturday April 4 and reaches totality about two hours later. Totality occurs on the west coast and partiality at points eastward. Happy watching!
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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