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Ask an Expert: Stay 'Up All Night' to Watch the Oct. 8 Lunar Eclipse!

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Image of 2011 total lunar eclipse. Credit: Alphonse Sterling/NASAJoin NASA experts on Oct. 8 to observe 2014's second total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will begin just after 4 A.M. EDT and continue until sunrise. A map of world eclipse visibility is located here.

NASA moon experts will be up all night on Oct. 8 to answer your questions. The live web chat begins at 3 A.M. EDT and continues until sunrise. NASA will also conduct a live Reddit "Ask Me Anything" event on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4-5 P.M. EDT. A live Ustream feed of the eclipse will be offered on this page.

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More About Lunar Eclipses

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth casts a shadow that blocks sunlight that normally reflects off of the moon. A total lunar eclipse can only happen when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly aligned. During the time of total eclipse, the moon will often look reddish due to red and orange light being scattered by the atmosphere. This eerie, harmless effect has earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname "blood moon."

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Page Last Updated: October 17th, 2014
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