Rare Blood Moon lights up the morning sky

October 8, 2014 — If you were up early this morning, perhaps you noticed the blood-red moon in the sky. Through the clouds, you could catch a glimpse of the lunar event, which was a total lunar eclipse, a rare event when it occurs near dawn, turning the moon red. During a lunar eclipse, the sun, earth, and a full moon are aligned in a straight line.

Moonrise last night, pre-eclipse

Taken at moonrise last night, pre-eclipse

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Perhaps you can blame the photographer for the blurred shot, but the clouds were thick this morning. Still, you can see the red moon.

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Took these shots at the Valley Forge exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 6:35 a.m. I parked at the truck rest stop and caught a glimpse of many of the drivers taking photos with their phones.

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