October’s ‘Blood Moon’ to shine over Canada early Wednesday morning

canada.com

October brings slasher flicks and Halloween, and this year Canadians can catch a glimpse of another blood-soaked sight: the moon.

Early Wednesday morning, Canada will fall under a red-hued lunar eclipse, now commonly called a “Blood Moon.” The moon will fall on the exact opposite side of the Earth, whose shadow will cast a red pall over the moon.

“There’s still light getting to the moon that’s actually skimming the horizon around the circular earth, and it’s like a 360-degree sunset…it’s that red-sunset type of light that illuminates the moon and causes it be a reddish colour,” said Chris Vaughan, a telescope operator and educator outreach specialist with the David Dunlap Observatory north of Toronto, in an interview.

A composite picture shows the blood moon total lunar eclipse in seven stages as seen from Miami, Florida, USA, 15 April 2014. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon's surface takes on a colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red to dark brown. (EPA/RHONA WISE) A composite picture shows the blood moon total lunar eclipse in seven stages as seen from Miami, Florida, in April 2014. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon’s surface takes on a…

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