ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — The skies were clear in Western New York and the Finger Lakes for us to get a view of the Total Lunar Eclipse, where the moon turned blood red for several hours. The next chance to see such a show would be in March 2025.

All you need to do is look for the moon before sunrise. The sun, earth, and moon will all align and the moon falls within the earth’s shadow. Since it falls completely behind the earth’s shadow, it is called the umbra. That is what leads to the red hue across the surface of the moon.

You will be able to see this with the naked eye, but binoculars will enhance the image. Rayleigh Scattering is what leads to the moon turning red. The sun’s light travels through the earth’s atmosphere and while most colors get scattered, the red light (and it’s long wavelength) make it to the moon to illuminate it red.

Image from NASA

According to Steve Fentress, the director of the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, it’s the same process that creates the brilliant sunrises and sunsets we see every day.

“The reddish and orange color that we see with sunrises and sunsets every day,” said Fentress. “All of that around the world gets into the shadow of the Earth and falls on the moon and that’s what we see during an eclipse,”

If you have any images from Tuesday’s eclipse email them to us!