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Sacramento skies should be clear for blood moon overnight

The second in a series of four blood moons occurs overnight – and Sacramento residents have a great seat for viewing of the lunar eclipse.

The eclipse of the moon happens in the early morning hours before sunrise on Wednesday in Sacramento. Skies are expected to be clear.

The second lunar eclipse of 2014 is a total eclipse and is best seen from the Pacific Ocean and the west coast, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The total moon eclipse in Sacramento should begin about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

NASA said the moon will appear 5.3 percent larger than it did during the April 15 eclipse.

In a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon is shadowed by earth, according to NASA. The face of the moon turns sunset red or coppery – hence the blood moon name -- for an hour or more as the eclipse unfolds.

Two full lunar eclipses will happen next year.

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