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Skywatchers mesmerised with glimpse of `Blood Moon` in total lunar eclipse

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:34

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Skygazers were in for a delight as they witnessed the `Blood Moon` crossing Earth`s shadow on Tuesday night.

Blood moon is a sequence of lunar eclipses called a tetrad that will occur over the next two years.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is entirely immersed in the Earth shadow, and can take on a dusky "blood red" colour due to the scattering of sunlight through the edges of Earth`s atmosphere.

The lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours, beginning at about 2am EDT, when the moon began moving into Earth`s shadow.

Depending on local weather conditions, the eclipse was visible across a swath of the United States. The eclipse was also seen in Australia, New Zealand and all of the Americas.
In a statement made on Twitter, NASA said, “The celestial show was over by over by 5:30am EDT (0930 GMT)”.

This lunar eclipse is the first of four consecutive total eclipses of the moon between April 2014 and September 2015, what scientists call a lunar eclipse "tetrad" series. The next will occur on October 8.

(With Agencies inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 15:02

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