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Wednesday's lunar eclipse will create a 'blood' moon

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Wednesday's lunar eclipse will create a 'blood' moon

The second — and final — total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur early Wednesday morning, just before sunrise in the Eastern Time Zone and in the middle of the night on the West Coast.

The moon will appear a coppery red, so it's been called a "blood" moon. It'll look red because of all the sunsets and sunrises from the Earth that will reflect onto the lunar surface. (During the eclipse, although it's completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reaches the moon.)

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and the full moon form a nearly straight line so that the full moon passes through theEarth's shadow, called the umbra.

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Red moons are beautiful. Almost worth getting up at 3:45am for. Almost.

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