blood moon

Many in Dominica, including DNO’s photographers, who waited to capture a photo of the ‘Blood Moon’ were left disappointed after rain and heavy clouds covered most of the sky over the island early Tuesday morning.

However, star gazers on other islands were lucky enough to catch a glimpse and even photograph the event.

The series of photos were taken by a Dominican living in Antigua and contributed by Shaski Jno Lewis.

A ‘Blood Moon’ or a total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth align so that Earth’s shadow falls across the moon’s surface.

As the earth’s shadow moves across the moon, it takes on a red hue, hence the name ‘Blood Moon.’

Another is expected on October 8 in a series of four ‘Blood Moons’ to take place in 2014 and 2015.

Four ‘Blood Moons’ in a row are known as ‘lunar tetrads.’

Lunar tetrads are rare; none occurred between 1600 and 1900.

But sometimes they’re fairly common; eight tetrads will occur this century.

The next tetrad is expected to take place in 2032-2033.