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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Don't Forget to Check Out the Blood Moon

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 7:36 AM

click to enlarge The Blood Moon of April 14. - PRAYITNO / FLICKR
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  • The Blood Moon of April 14.
Fret not fellow San Franciscans, the Blood Moon that Karl the Fog obscured last April is making a comeback on Wednesday when the Earth passes between the sun and moon, casting a shadow that produces a reddish-orange moon.

The second Blood Moon of the year, whose rare and recent rapid succession of appearance is slated to continue two more times next year in six month intervals, will return at 3:25 a.m. Oct. 8 and lasts for about an hour.

So this should give you insomniacs something to look forward to.

The Blood Moon, aka total lunar eclipse, can be seen in all of its phases from San Francisco. In fact, anywhere in the West Coast is considered a front-row seat to this amazingness. 

Eighteen minutes shorter than the eclipse in April, the Blood Moon is expected to last for 61 minutes. It will, however, be bigger than the last one and closer to the size of a super moon.

The Oakland Chabot Space and Science Center is opening early Oct 8. for "late night viewing festivities" from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Admission to the event at 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland is $15. Be sure to bring blankets and warm clothes. 

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