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See the "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday, October 8

For those of you who missed the total eclipse back in April, we have some good news.

It's coming back around again. And again, and again.

Between the years 2014 and 2015, there will be four total eclipses in succession, each separated by six lunar months (six full moons), constituting what astronomers call a lunar tetrad. The second eclipse in this lunar tetrad will happen on Wednesday, October 8. For those living in the Phoenix area, the total eclipse will begin around 3:25 a.m., peak at 3:55, and end by 4:25.

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Although this lunar eclipse is being referred to by many as a "blood moon" thanks to a Christian sect that subscribes to the prophecy of a lunar tetrad signaling an end of days, many simply refer to it as the Hunter's Moon.

A Hunter's Moon is the second full moon following the Harvest Moon (the full moon closest to the fall equinox), which happened this year on September 9.

In case you miss this next total lunar eclipse, or you want to mark you calendars for the following two, the final "blood moons" in the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad will fall on Saturday, April 4, and Monday, September 28, 2015.

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