‘Blood Moon’ eclipse wows Pacific sky-gazers (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
The latest total lunar eclipse started at 11:25 AM GMT and lasted for 59 minutes. Due to the Moon’s position in orbit, it appeared 5.3 percent larger than during the previous eclipse. The clouds, however, hid the celestial body for a while.
NASA and the SLOOH Community Observatory were streaming live video transmissions of the event.
The Moon turns red or orange when the moon lines up with the Sun and Earth and passes Earth’s shadow, called an umbra, reflecting the sunlight refracted by our atmosphere. A perfect alignment of Moon, Earth and the Sun is called perigee-syzygy. On such a rare occasion, the full Moon rapidly darkens and starts glowing red.
— Nick Howes (@NickAstronomer) October 8, 2014
When an eclipse hides the dayside of the Moon from the Sun’s heat, the temperature on the lunar surface falls from +130 degrees Celsius to -99 degrees Celsius.
— Blake Steck (@blakesteck) October 8, 2014
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The first “bloody” eclipse out of a sequence of four red moons called a tetrad set for 2014-15 happened on April 15. The third and fourth will take place on April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015.
Watch the full video of the eclipse
— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) October 8, 2014
Omg blood moon is so clear from my window pic.twitter.com/v6kjlMYxbM
— shafiq | mcspicy-kun (@shashashafique) October 8, 2014
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— Ron. (@RonnieSnark) October 8, 2014