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Red Moon Rising Tonight: Rare Lunar Eclipse Comes to L.A.

Red Moon Rising Tonight: Rare Lunar Eclipse Comes to L.A.
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Too bad this didn't happen during Halloween season. It's spooky nonetheless.

So break out your favorite medicinal herb, put on a good jacket, and howl at the moon until morning, because a rare lunar eclipse is coming to Los Angeles. And not only that, but as the sun rises the moon will appear to be red.

And ...

... while much of the country might not get to see it so clearly, we probably will.

According to NASA:

The West Coast will see totality as the moon sets and the sun rises. For West Coast viewers, the eclipse begins at 3:33 a.m. PST. The peak, when the moon is a deep red, occurs at 6:30 a.m. PST.

It's the last lunar eclipse until April, 2014.

A NASA scientist says he expects the the moon to be "bright red" at some point. NASA:

The moon takes on this new color because sunlight is still able to pass through Earth's atmosphere and cast a glow on the moon. Our atmosphere filters out most of the blue colored light, leaving the red and orange hues that we see during a lunar eclipse. If there are additional dust particles in the atmosphere, the moon will appear to be a darker shade of red.

It might also be possible to see the sun rise and the moon being eclipsed at the same time here in L.A. Look west.

But before you order up that eighth of shrooms from your favorite dealer, people, remember drugs are bad for you.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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