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Updated: Apr 15, 2014 09:30 AM EDT

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Blood moon 2014 - believe us when we say that it was an exhilarating view with an apocalyptic feel to it. The rare bloody red lunar eclipse last night was indeed a spectacular sighting that's not for the faint-hearted.

According to experts the reddening of the moon last night, which was referred to as the blood moon phenomenon, is a very rare sighting in the vast night skies.

Unfortunately, the visual treat was only visible in select areas including many parts of America and Australia; the rest of the world didn't get a chance to view the blood moon phenomenon, which was even deemed as the mark of the Vampire's feast.

In its simplest sense, blood moon refers to the special type of lunar eclipse wherein the moon is stained red by the Sun's rays.

The distinct color is said to be a product of the alignment of the earth and moon as the latter passes into the deepest part of the former's shadow called the umbra. The sun's rays refract when they hits the surface of the earth and they readily disperse to other parts of the spectrum of visible light, prior to reflecting on the moon's surface.

Experts say that the blood moon 2014 sighting last night was the first in the "lunar tetrad."

The lunar tetrad is the series of four total eclipses that will continue through 2015.

The next blood moon sighting is expected to take place on October 8, 2014.

According to the Independent, lunar eclipses normally happen about twice a year, and it's very rare to have a total lunar eclipse like what happened last night.

The first appearance of the rare red-colored lunar eclipse has led to the popularity of the phrase "blood moon" - a term made to refer to the very bizarre lunar eclipse, which is sadly being regarded as an omen for catastrophic events that are about to take place.

Check out the full coverage on the blood moon 2014 sighting last night through the video found below.

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