Blood Moon 2014: Total lunar eclipse to be visible across Americas and Asia
Skywatchers stay tuned for the second total lunar eclipse of 2014 that will be visible across much of the Americas and Asia in the coming hours.
The event began at 04:00 EDT and will reach totality before sunrise at 06:25 EDT.
During the eclipse – which is the second to occur this year – our only natural satellite will be fully covered by the Earth’s shadow.
The Moon appears orange or red, the result of sunlight scattering off our atmosphere, hence the name Blood Moon.
Weather permitting, skywatchers in North America, Australia, western South America and parts of East Asia will be able to see the spectacle.
However, Europe, Africa and the eastern part of Brazil are missing out on the show.
The last total lunar eclipse occurred on April 15, and the next is expected to take place on April 4, 2015.
There will be two full lunar eclipses again in 2015.
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