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How to watch the rare Easter weekend Blood Moon

How to watch the rare Easter weekend Blood Moon
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In addition to a great Easter brunch with family and friends, there's something else you should be excited for this weekend. On Saturday, you can step outside and witness a total lunar eclipse. You won't want to miss the Blood Moon, because there won't be another eclipse like this one for 140 years.

Expect the April 4 eclipse to be a bright one, as the Moon just dips into the umbra of the Earth for a brief four minutes and 43 seconds. This is actually the shortest total lunar eclipse since Oct. 17 1529, and the first total lunar eclipse of the 1,262 years-spanning saros series 132, to which this eclipse belongs.

It's called a Blood Moon because of the color the moon will appear when it enters the Earth's inner shadow, or umbra. The moon can look bright orange to dark brown when this happens.

Next page: Find out when you can see the Blood Moon.
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