The Blood Moon Returns: This Time It's Bigger
From the skies that brought to you our blood moon in April comes a bigger, more glorious total lunar eclipse next Wednesday: Blood Moon 2.
Early morning on October 8, us West Coast folks will get to feast our eyes on our second blood moon this year, according to KTLA. If you're able to stay up, you'll get to see the moon glow with a reddish-orange hue; the best times to view the total eclipse are between 3:25 a.m. PDT to 4:24 a.m. PDT. However, if you feel so inclined to watch the entire gradual process from start to finish, look up at the skies between the hours of 1:15 a.m. PDT to 6:30 a.m. PDT
The blood moon will look 5.3 percent bigger than the one in April, which is almost the size of a supermoon. KQED reports this one's special because the sun, Earth and moon will all be aligned, with the moon going through the Earth's shadow.
The blood moon gets its reddish glow from when the earth moves between the sun and the moon, causing light to spread out to different points from the planet's sunrises and sunsets and bounce onto the moon's surface.
The next blood moons will occur on April 4, 2015 and Sept. 28, 2015.