Easter weekend is a spectacular one this year. A very rare total lunar eclipse will happen Saturday morning. This is the third blood moon this year. It is called a blood moon because when the earth eclipses it, the moon turns a deep red.
According to CBS, “The action begins at 3:16 a.m. PST on the morning of April 4 when the edge of the moon first enters the earth’s shadow.” This lunar eclipse will be the shortest in this century. It will take an hour and 45 minutes for the entire event, but the actual, total part of the eclipse will only last for five minutes. That five minutes will begin at 4:58 a.m. PST.
Many people ascribe a religious significance to a blood moon. There have been three, with one more to come, within an eighteen month period. When four total eclipses occur consecutively, it is called a tetrad. It is fairly rare. Some Christians believe it is connected to the return of Jesus or means a world-changing event is about to happen. Joel 2:31, in the Old Testament says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.”
If you are west of the Mississippi, you will be able to see the entire eclipse, assuming there will be no clouds. East of the Mississippi will only see part of it, because it will set during the event. The Griffith Observatory and the Slooh Observatory will have a live webcast in case you miss it.