Red Moon Or Turquoise Moon: There will be a colorful total lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014.
Sky watchers will see the Moon turn a beautiful shade of celestial red and maybe turquoise. And learn what is behind this phenomenon in this NASA video:
As explained by NASA:
The source of the turquoise is ozone. During a lunar eclipse, most of the light illuminating the moon passes through the stratosphere where it is reddened by scattering. However, light passing through the upper stratosphere penetrates the ozone layer, which absorbs red light and actually makes the passing light ray bluer. This can be seen as a soft blue fringe around the red core of Earth’s shadow.
Last year, the moon turned blood red as a result of wildfires!
To catch the turquoise on Oct. 8th you should look during the first and last minutes of totality. The turquoise rim is best seen in binoculars or a small telescope.