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When Is The Next Blood Moon? October 8th Date For Rare Lunar Eclipse ‘Tetrad’

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After dazzling sky watchers Monday night, get ready for round two.  Set your calendar for October 8th, when the second total lunar eclipse in this “Blood Moon” tetrad occurs,  but this one is for super early risers, or serious night owls.  The full eclipse will occur at 3:55 a.m. over the San Francisco – San Jose – Oakland area.

Because of the orbit of the moon, the eclipse will appear larger and potentially more spectacular. The moon will be lower in the sky to the west, and at least 5.3 percent larger in appearance compared to Monday.

Fog obscured eclipse viewing in much of the Bay Area Monday night, so the October 8th eclipse may be the best chance for clearer viewing.  Because of the rare tetrad, there are plenty of other blood moons to see over the next several months.

After October 8th, another lunar eclipse happens April 4th of 2015, but it will only be visible as a partial eclipse from the west coast.  Finally, on September 27th, 2015 the final of the four Blood Moons will be visible, completing the “lunar tetrad.”

SUBMIT AN ECLIPSE PICTURE AND SEE MORE: Eclipse Gallery

CHECK ECLIPSE TIMES IN YOUR CITY:  Eclipse Tracker

While the “blood moon” talked about in Biblical prophecy may have a more powerful pull on our psyche, it’s actually relatively common, hitting every few years.

BIBLICAL PROPHECY: Author Writes About “Four Blood Moons” 

The next spectacle in the sky is a solar eclipse on April 29th, but it will only be visible in Australia and parts of the Indian Ocean.

The better chance to see a solar eclipse in California will be on October 23rd, when a partial solar eclipse will reach its peak at 2:45 p.m.

SOLAR ECLIPSE: NASA Eclipse Coverage 

NASA ECLIPSE SITE: Information For Astronomers

 

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