Don’t fear tonight's blood red moon, it’s all part of a grand cosmic design.
Don’t fear tonight's blood red moon, it’s all part of a grand cosmic design. Contributed

More chances to check out the bloodied moon

FEAR not if you missed the bloodied moon that rose overnight, because there are more to come.

The rising of the scarlet orb is one of a tetrad, four consecutive total lunar eclipses between now and mid 2015.

The next will pop up on October 8 then again on April 4 and September 28 in 2015.

The lunar eclipse was to begin at roughly 5.30pm on Tuesday, with it continuing until about 6.15pm.

The moon was to be fully uncovered by 7.30pm.

Queensland University of Technology astrophysicist Dr Stephen Hughes said these blood moons were caused when the moon passes through the shadow of the earth, creating "an eerie red glow".

The tetrad has occurred just four times in the past 500 years, with the four moons appearing red in 1493, 1949, 1967 and present day.


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