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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:20 am

SARASOTA, Fla. - An astronomical event had many people seeing red overnight -- the so-called "blood moon". For some, this lunar eclipse carries a lot of significance.

There's the blue moon, the man ‘in’ the moon, like a big pizza pie...none of these descriptions of the moon quite make the cut when describing the spectacular show we saw overnight; a natural phenomenon called a "blood moon”, in which it takes on a fiery glow.

This was the first of 4 "total lunar eclipses" or "blood moons" we'll see over the next year and a half. They happen when earth's shadow covers the moon, which can then take on a reddish color due to the scattering of sunlight through the earth's atmosphere.

This "blood moon" was one small step for man and one giant leap for selfie-kind. Viewers snapped photos as they watched out for that glowing pie-in-the-sky. Others celebrated by gathering for viewing parties, like at the Griffith observatory in Los Angeles. “It's just a wonder of nature, and the people out here are getting a chance to see it," said science teacher Gene Ireland.

But, for some, the appearance of a "blood moon" signifies that Houston, we may have a problem. Conspiracy theorists link lunar eclipses to major historical events like the fall of Constantinople in the 1400’s, and more recently, in 2004 when the Red Sox won the World Series, breaking the Curse of the Bambino.

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