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Rare 'blood moon' tonight

  • FILE - This combination of Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 photos shows the different stages of the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. On Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow and will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The first total eclipse of 2014 is poised to show itself Monday night in the form of a dark red "blood moon."

In California, the most impressive part will begin at 10:58 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out entirely by 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, said experts at the Griffith Observatory.

Look to the south for the moon, said Joe Sirard, an amateur astronomer who doubles as a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard.

As the "bite" spreads across the moon, it will transform into a dark "blood moon." The dark red hue will come from the light of sunsets and sunrises over the rest of the Earth.

The weather forecast for prime "blood moon" viewing in Sonoma County will be spotty. Forecast shows for partly cloudy skies after 8 p.m. With high hopes, the area will still be able to get a view of the lunar eclipse.


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