Timelapse: Blood moon fires up in the sky

As the moon completely crosses the earth's shadow, the first of four total lunar eclipses, called the Blood Moon, occur in Whittier, Ca., USA on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
As the moon completely crosses the earth's shadow, the first of four total lunar eclipses, called the Blood Moon, occur in Whittier, Ca., USA on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(CNN/NASA TV/Griffith Observatory) — Video of the full lunar eclipse as it turns the moon a deep red color.

This is the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses. In a span of a year-and-a-half, North America will be able to see a blood moon four times.

As the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, Earth’s shadow completely overtakes the moon — turning it from orange, to blood-red, to brown.

The red glow of the moon during the lunar eclipse comes from small amounts of light that make it through Earth’s atmosphere, all the way to the edges of the moon.

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