First Lunar Eclipse of 2014!

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The “blood moon” approaching its peak.

Denae Rivera, Reporter

April 14, 2014, – Stargazers across north and south America caught a glimpse of the “blood moon” crossing the Earth’s shadow Monday night. Depending on time zones, it started late Monday night or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The wow factor started around 8pm Hawaii Standard Time.

The sky was partly cloudy throughout the night, so here and there a little bit of cloud would be in the way of the moon and its spotlight. Overall it really was a sight to see. Not only was there a “blood moon”; spectators caught a glimpse of the star Spica giving a mesmerizing blue hue in the sky too! Mars was also sighted above the moon and all its glory.

People brought out chairs and blankets, along with their cellphones and cameras ready to snap pictures of the special event. Being that this was the first lunar eclipse of 2014 adults and children got up early and some late just to see this all happen!

Later this month, from April 28 to April 29, the sun will turn into a “ring of fire” during an annular eclipse. It’s possible, however, that the celestial sight will only be visible for penguins. The solar eclipse’s totality will only be visible over an uninhabited part of Antarctica. This year’s total lunar eclipses and solar eclipses are among the most promising stargazing events of 2014. (http://www.space.com/25498-total-lunar-eclipse-photos-wow-stargazers.html)

The next total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur on Oct. 8, followed by another on April 8, 2015 and the last total lunar eclipse of the current tetrad on Sept. 28, 2015