It’s not Halloween just yet, but that doesn’t mean the moon can’t get a little freaky.
The second blood moon of the year will light up the sky early Wednesday morning in North America, where it will be most visible from the Pacific coast, according to NASA.
The Earth will position itself between the sun and the moon, creating a full lunar eclipse with a majestic red hue.
ISHPEMING — April, 2014
Check out these stunning images of the eclipse from April! These photographs were taken by Jennifer Hytinen Polkki in Ishpeming, MI, and Staci Spencer. Can you see the colors start to take shape?
“The phenomenon is known as a tetrad, in which the moon is completely covered by the earth’s umbral shadow for four eclipses in a row, as opposed to only partial eclipses that fall in the outer penumbra. But rather than succumbing to complete darkness, the moon will glow red as it receives the refracted light that spills over the Earth’s circumference.
The series is a rare occurrence in history, with large spans of time, such as the 300 years between 1600 and 1900, witnessing none. But the 21st century will be more promising, according to Fred Espenak, who works for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and specializes in eclipse predictions.
“Frequency sort of goes through 585-year cycles,” the astrophysicist explains. “So you go through centuries where you don’t have any, and centuries where you have a number of them.”
The next tetrad will begin in 2032.”