Blood moon: Total lunar eclipse dazzles North America

People across the U.S. and Canada had the chance to see a total lunar eclipse, known as a "blood moon," early Tuesday morning.

The eclipse started around 2 a.m. here in South Florida and the total eclipse occurred for just over an hour, starting around 3 a.m., according to Space.com.

The moon shined red during the total eclipse, which is why is it referred to as a blood moon. The reason the moon turns red is because it reflects sunsets and sunrises happening all around the world, Space.com explains.

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There will be a four total eclipses in the next 18 months - known as a "tetrad." The next three will be visible Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015 and Sept. 28, 2015.

Some believe the tetrad is linked to Biblical prophesies of the apocalypse. The theory was published in the book "Four Blood Moons" by John Hagee in 2013.

Read more about the "Blood Moon Prophecy" here: http://bit.ly/1gxnB4f

This is the first total lunar eclipse since December 2012 that is visible throughout North America.

To find out when to see the exact phases of the eclipse, see the U.S. Naval Observatory page.

For those who don’t wish to step outside, Space.com, courtesy of NASA, has a live stream.

Mobile users can view an informational video from Space.com here: http://www.space.com/25250-a-tetrad-of-lunar-eclipses-starts-in-april-video.html

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