DES MOINES, Iowa — A total lunar eclipse was visible across Iowa early Wednesday morning resulting in a dramatic blood moon.
It is the second total lunar eclipse this year. The first was in April.
The total lunar eclipse happens when the earth comes between the moon and the sun, blocking the sun’s rays from hitting the moon.
Doug Rudd with the Des Moines Astrological Society says this is a blood moon because of the color it turns.
“The moon will be visible right up until sunrise because just as the sun is coming up, the moon is going down. That is the point of totality. When it is the darkest part of the showdown so it should be a nice red color,” Rudd explained.
The Des Moines Astronomical Society hosted a viewing party at the Shattering Silence Memorial at the state capitol complex until 6:25 a.m.
Telescopes were on hand.
Rudd says Wednesday was the perfect chance to catch the eclipse, because if often happens on the wrong side of planet for us or there are too many clouds.