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Lunar Eclipse Dazzles Sky Watchers

The eclipse began just after 4 a.m. Chicago time with the total eclipse phase taking place just before 5:30 a.m. and lasting for about an hour

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    10/7/14: The second of four lunar eclipses known as “blood moons" will take place in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning. LeeAnn Trotter reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014)

    Early risers and night owls got quite the sight if they looked into the sky early Wednesday morning.

    The second of four lunar eclipses known as “blood moons,” took place in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning, and those living in the Midwest could catch a glimpse of the rare treat.

    The eclipse began just after 4 a.m. Chicago time with the total eclipse phase taking place just before 5:30 a.m. and lasting for about an hour.

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    While more common than solar eclipses, lunar eclipses last longer and can be viewed almost anywhere on the night side of the Earth, provided there are no clouds to block the view, according to Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. And experts say no two are ever the same—they can range in color from brick red to copper to dark grey.

    Chicago Forecast: Lunar EclipseChicago Forecast: Lunar EclipseAndy Avalos details conditions for Wednesday's lunar eclipse. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014)

    In all, four eclipses will occur this year, two lunar and two solar.

    "The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," said NASA expert Fred Espenak on Nasa.gov. A tetrad is a series of four consecutive total eclipses that take place at six month intervals.

    NASA officials reported the moon would appear 5.3 percent larger than it did during an April 15 eclipse earlier this year.

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