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How to see tomorrow's rare Easter Weekend "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse

Written by
Rebecca Fontana

Slightly less rare than a blue moon (yes, like the one in Pocahontas) is the blood moon, and one is about to take place this holiday weekend. Though Christians claim its Easter arrival is a sign from God, there’s a scientific explanation of the phenomenon for all you skeptics out there. 

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• A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse, where the moon’s color turns to blood red. The color comes from the Earth’s dark shadow on the moon.

• Set your alarms for 6:36am Saturday morning—New Yorkers get to witness the very beginning, with the West Coast, Japan and Russia getting it next.

• It’s a quickie—lasting less than five minutes (most last an hour), it will actually be the shortest eclipse in a century!

• It’s the first of 2015’s two eclipses (so don’t feel too bad if you accidentally sleep through it). The next one will arrive on Sept. 28.

• Fun fact: If you’re a math whiz, you can predict the next eclipse! Or you can forget the convoluted scientific formula and just count out 9 years and 5.5 days from this one.

• If you want to watch but don’t want to get out of bed, you’re in luck—the eclipse will be streaming live on It will air from Eastern Australia, which will have a view even better than what you’ll see from the bright city skyline. 

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