Lunar Eclipse 'Blood Moon' Should Be Easter Weekend Spectacle


Star gazers will see a treat in their celestial Easter basket this weekend. The western United States should have a prime seat to see a lunar eclipse—referred to by some as a "blood moon"—before sunrise. The phenomenon occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and moon, creating a red shadow. This is the third of four such eclipses in the 2014-2015 tetrad, the fourth due to occur Sept. 28.

The partial eclipse should be visible starting at 4:16 a.m. MT Saturday, April 4 and should peaking around 6 a.m. MT.

Astronomers advise using a telescope or binoculars, and a live stream of the event will be available from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Click here.