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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
The crowd packed on the grassy lawn of Griffith Observatory erupted in whistles, cheers and howls shortly before 12:05 a.m. on Tuesday as a darkened moon transformed into an orange "blood moon" for the start of a total lunar eclipse. Visitors scrambled toward the front of the observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon. Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above. Around 11 p.m., a "bite" began to spread across the moon as the Earth blocked direct light from the sun, casting a shadow on the moon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
They came with iPhones, iPads, digital cameras and even some film cameras -- ready to capture the "blood moon," the first full lunar eclipse of 2014. Hundreds converged on Griffith Observatory, which has a prime view. Here are some photos of the eclipse posted to various social media from the observatory on Tuesday morning:  [<a href="//storify.com/shelbygrad/full-lunar-eclipse-capturing-blood-moon-live" target="_blank">View the story "Full lunar eclipse: Capturing 'blood moon' live" on Storify</a>]
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April 15, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Stayed up well past my bedtime Monday night to catch the “blood moon.” Wish I would've known that it was a sign of the apocalypse - I might have lingered a little longer. What's that? You didn't know either? That's OK - that's why God (or Al Gore) invented the Internet. Sarah Pulliam Bailey has the particulars over at Religion News Service in her story , “ 'Blood moon' sets off apocalyptic debate among some Christians.” Full disclosure: I mostly skipped Sunday school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
The first lunar eclipse of 2014 - known as "blood moon" - is lighting up social media tonight as people post photos of the moon and the eclipse. Large crowd descended on the Griffith Observatory to look at the eclipse. They posted a variety of photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here is a sampling:   In Los Angeles, the most impressive part began around 11 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out entirely by 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, said experts at the observatory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
The first total eclipse of 2014 tonight and Tuesday morning is generating much attention. Times reporter Rong-Gong Lin II answers your questions about the so-called blood moon. Q: Will L.A. be able to see this eclipse? It will be the first in more than three years to be visible from Los Angeles and uninterrupted by sunrise. The last one began the evening of Dec. 20, 2010, with the eclipse's peak at 12:17 a.m. Dec. 21, according to the observatory. Q: When is the best time to watch?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Alicia Banks and Rong-Gong Lin II
You don't have to go to the Griffith Observatory or other prime watching spot to view the first total lunar eclipse of 2014. Numerous "blood moon" video streams are available on the Web. The Griffith Observatory will be streaming the event live from the Zeiss dome beginning at 9:45 p.m. The Slooh Observatory in the Canary Islands will also be doing a live stream. NASA is also planning a live stream , with experts taking questions from viewers. For those who want to take in the event in person, Griffith Observatory decided to open its doors Monday (it's usually closed)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Alicia Banks
Officials at the Griffith Observatory are expecting big crowds for the dark red "blood moon," the first total eclipse of 2014 beginning Monday night. The observatory will be open for visitors, who can look up at the eclipse either from the building itself or from the grass and sidewalk areas. Experts will also provide presentations on the eclipse. The hours of operation are 7 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. It is also expected that people will flock to other areas where they can see the eclipse, including mountain and desert areas with less light pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Johanna Huerta will usher in her 30 th birthday early Tuesday with the “blood moon.” Huerta, 29, of South Los Angeles, was one of hundreds of people who descended on the Griffith Observatory on Monday night awaiting the first total eclipse of 2014. "It worked out that I got the 'blood moon,' " she said. "It will be my first time seeing it. " Huerta brought her brother, 17-year-old Angel, and family friend Flavia Ibarra, 23, to celebrate her birthday and the eclipse, which will be her first to see. “I dragged them with me,” Huerta said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Bob Alborzian was a child when his father first showed him the Milky Way galaxy through the lens of a telescope, leading to a lifelong love of astronomy. Now 69, Alborzian was on hand with his own homemade telescope Monday night at the Griffith Observatory, where he and hundreds of others awaited the “blood moon,” the first total eclipse of 2014. The eclipse, which will peak early Tuesday, will be the first in more than three years to be visible from Los Angeles and uninterrupted by sunrise.
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