Welcome to April 14, the day before Income Tax Day here in the US. For those who are celebrating having filed their tax forms, who are needing stress relief to meet tomorrow’s deadline, or who enjoy having any excuse to party under the stars, the universe at midnight (PDT) gives the gift of a lunar eclipse.
One feature making this eclipse special is its totality’s visibility to most of the United States; only our friends in far-west Alaska and New England will see a partial eclipse. Notably, most of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East won’t see an eclipse at all.
The more unusual feature is this eclipse’s position as the first in a tetrad of lunar eclipses, the second tetrad of 8 such sequences occurring this century. Whether you believe this lunar eclipse and its tetrad signify “The End Times” or you appreciate it as a natural phenomenon of our amazing cosmos, you might decide it’s worthwhile being a little sleepy at work or school tomorrow to go out and observe tonight’s spectacular sky show.
For those who prefer a good night’s rest, Changing Woman offers this post’s title image of a beautiful earthbound “Stargazer” for your meditation and enjoyment.