This post originally appeared at Scientific American
Here in North America, we are in the midst of a tetrad of lunar eclipses, the second one visible Wednesday morning.
A tetrad of lunar eclipses means that there are four total lunar eclipses in a row. This NASA video above explains it well.
The second of the four will be a colorful lunar eclipse on October 8, at 6:25am EDT. Again, NASA explains why we see the colors we do:
If you want to know when you can catch your eclipse, you can find out at the website Time and Date.com
I live in central Illinois, and the times for the sequence of eclipse events are as follows:
This is a great opportunity to share the lunar eclipse with children if you can wake them up a bit earlier for school tomorrow.