New England will not be the best place in the country to see this rare event, but you can still catch some of it just before the moon sets in the early morning hour as the sun rises. This eclipse will be visible for about 5 minutes in the Western sky..
During a total lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon form a straight line. The Earth blocks any direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The Sun is behind the Earth, so the Sun's light casts the Earth's shadow on the Moon. This shadow covers the entire Moon and causes a total lunar eclipse.
The Moon is still visible to the naked eye during a total lunar eclipse. This is because the Earth's atmosphere refracts sunlight and indirectly lights up the Moon's surface. The face of the Moon can turn sunset-red, yellow, orange, or brown in color for up to an hour or more as the eclipse slowly unfolds. This is because different types of dust particles and clouds in the Earth's atmosphere allow different wavelengths to reach the surface of the Moon.
This will be the third in a series of four blood moons of the lunar tetrad. The final blood moon will be on Sept. 28th later this year. The first two in the series took place April 15 and Oct. 8, 2014. The next tetrad will not begin until April 25, 2032.
The lunar eclipse has also been a highly celebrated sacred event by many religions throughout history.
And From the Farmer’s Almanac…Aprils Full Moon….Pink Moon -This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.