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Lunar eclipse 2015 and blood moon: Images go viral, total eclipse lasted less than 5 minutes

Lunar eclipse 2015 and blood moon: Images go viral, total eclipse lasted less than 5 minutes

Lunar eclipse 2015 and blood moon: Images go viral, total eclipse lasted less than 5 minutes

Total lunar eclipse will be a treat of sorts for sky watchers tomorrow. But while people are talking about the lunar eclipse, they are discussing more how short the lunar eclipse is going to be.

Total lunar eclipse is going to make the shining moon go almost completely dark. To be true despite the lunar eclipse being total, the moon is never completely dark.

There is no denying the fact that the moon retains some light. Given the fact that as the shadow almost totally covers the moon, it is occasionally visible as a deep orange-red due to distortion by Earth’s atmosphere.

lunar eclipse partialApril’s total lunar eclipse is the shortest in a very long time. A report while talking about the lunar eclipse says, “A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, and a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s shadow falls on the Earth. A look at the geometry of Moon phases would make it appear that a lunar eclipse should happen at every full moon and a solar eclipse at every new moon. This does not occur because the plane of the Moon’s orbit is tilted 5.2° with respect to the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (the ecliptic plane). The conditions for eclipses occur only at the points at which the Moon’s orbit passes through the ecliptic plane”.

The total lunar eclipse will take place from 3:45:04 pm to 7:15:2 pm (IST), will be visible in the North East of India on April 4.

As far as the lunar eclipse in America is concerned, people in western North America will witness the celestial event for a brief period. Sky watchers in the western United States and Canada will be able to see the total eclipse before the moon sets.

So if you are an early riser you have the highest chance of witnessing it. A report says that “The much anticipated rare celestial event happens to be the third of the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad between April 2014 and September 2015. The first of the four eclipses occurred on April 14-15 2014”.

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