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Monday, April 14, 2014

Don't Forget to Check Out the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:26 AM

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Barring any unwanted fog in Sn Francisco tonight, you'll be able to join the rest of humanity and view the "Blood Moon" as it passes over the Bay Area later tonight.

First, what's a Blood Moon, you ask? Technically, it's a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon a lovely orange color as the earth passes between the moon and the sun.

The fun starts at about midnight and will peak at about 12:45 a.m. If you can hang that late, there are some organized viewing parties for you to attend. Here's two we read about:

  • The San Jose Astronomical Association is hosting a free viewing party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Houge Park at Twilight Drive and White Oaks Avenue in San Jose. Bring lawn chairs, warm clothes, and binoculars.

  • Oakland's Chabot Space and Science Center is offering a lunar eclipse presentation followed by viewing from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Meet at the observatory deck at the rear of the museum at 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Admission is $12.

If you feel like staying home to check out the amazingness, here's a general schedule of the eclipse for Pacific Daylight Time

  • Partial umbral eclipse begins: 10:58 p.m. on April 14

  • Total eclipse begins: 12:07 a.m. on April 15

  • Greatest eclipse: 12:46 a.m.

  • Total eclipse ends: 1:25 a.m.

  • Partial eclipse ends: 2:33 a.m.

And if you've not yet recovered from the weekend and plan to be in bed by 10 p.m., we hear there will be another Blood Moon on October 8.

via ABC News


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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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