It was very cool, although it was also very early. The Blood Moon lunar eclipse viewers up and around this morning got a real treat from the weather department as skies were crystal clear around the Rockford area.

According to ABC News:

 

The eclipse is the second in a rare series known as the tetrad, in which the moon is completely covered by the Earth's umbral shadow for four eclipses in a row, as opposed to only partial eclipses that fall in the outer penumbra.

If you pressed snooze on your alarm, you'll have two more chances to catch a blood moon next year. The next total lunar eclipse will be on April 4, 2015, according to NASA.

 

If you missed it, here's a couple more shots:

 

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And, as long as we're in educational mode: