Did you see the blood moon last night? If you missed it, you might want to check out the #BloodMoon2014 hashtag. Twitter users have been sharing their blood moon photos all morning.
The beauty of the blood moon as captured by University photographer @mattcashore! #BloodMoon2014 pic.twitter.com/LWU9PUgtPM
— Notre Dame (@NotreDame) October 8, 2014
CNN reports that this was the second blood moon of the year. The next will occur on April 4, 2015 and then another will rise up about six months later on September 28, 2015.
Sydney, the moon is getting ready. Photo by @John__Donegan #BloodMoon #BloodMoon2014 #eclipse pic.twitter.com/n1qrFLPoMT — 702 ABC Sydney (@702sydney) October 8, 2014
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon. The earth casts a shadow on the moon which then turns a blood red thanks to sunlight being scattered by the atmosphere.
NASA explains: “A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth casts a shadow that blocks sunlight that normally reflects off of the moon. A total lunar eclipse can only happen when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly aligned. During the time of total eclipse, the moon will often look reddish due to red and orange light being scattered by the atmosphere. This eerie, harmless effect has earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname “blood moon.”
Our @christrenkmann‘s stunning view of this morning’s #BloodMoon2014 from #FL… @abcactionnews @Ginger_Zee pic.twitter.com/gw7jIZk74p
— Ashley Glass (@ashleygTV) October 8, 2014
Another shot of the moon getting ready behind the harbour bridge. #BloodMoon2014 #Eclipse Photo by @John__Donegan pic.twitter.com/29hy8YQy8r
— 702 ABC Sydney (@702sydney) October 8, 2014
We’ve got these photos & more in our #BloodMoon2014 album: https://t.co/BawEQZRj53. Photos by Shane Epping. pic.twitter.com/cSuihYCHbg
— Mizzou (@Mizzou) April 15, 2014
Awesome photos of the #BloodMoon2014 over campus via @BTL_Photo! #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/exLlwcbFH1
— OU Sooners (@UofOklahoma) April 15, 2014
Here’s a video about last night’s blood moon.
Did you get a chance to see the blood moon? You’ll get two more chances next year.