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The pre-eclipse of the moon

October 8, 2014

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By 3:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the moon over Vancouver B.C. is supposed to take on the baleful aspect of a blood orange.

For the second time this year the Earth will position itself between the sun and the moon, creating a full lunar eclipse. A so-called “blood moon” wwill be visible across North America — clouds willing — begin a bit after 5 a.m. ET, according to AccuWeather.

Sadly this major astronomical event is past my bedtime.

But I did take some photos a little after 9:45 p.m. showing the very bright full moon surrounded by a fairly strong halo, or ring of light. This may have nothing to do with the impending lunar eclipse — typically it’s caused by ice crystals in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Click the image to enlarge it.

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