Lunar eclipse April 2015: Blood moon pictures go viral on social media, Bay Area gets best shot
Lunar eclipse this time seems to be something similar to touch and go. It will be for a very short while and you will have to work hard to be able to enjoy it.
The first total lunar eclipse of the year is going to be hard to find. First of all is the fact that it will not last very long. It will appear and disappear and the other important aspect is the fact that in this part of the world, the lunar eclipse will not be visible to you if you are not an early riser.
The lunar eclipse will be visible to you only if you wake up very early in the morning. And believe me, getting up that early is one of the most difficult things to do. Only very committed men and women will be able to get up and watch this spectacle that will not last but for a few minutes.
In the past, both solar and lunar eclipses were thought to have adverse impact on people, agriculture and the whole universe. This is the reason that most religions have long, and elaborate religious prayers while the solar or lunar eclipse was out.
As far as todayâ€™s shortest lunar eclipse is concerned, Earthâ€™s shadow will be to blame for the eclipse that will be visible to watchers in western North America.
As far as the Bay Area is concerned, the lunar eclipse is all set to start at 4:57 in the morning and it will last all for four minutes and 43 seconds in its totality.
A senior astronomer of the area astronomer Andrew Fraknoi, says, â€œA total lunar eclipse is very democratic because you donâ€™t need any expensive equipment to watch it â€” just a comfortable spot in the dark with a clear view of the sky and your own eyesâ€. Reports suggest that if the night is clear, the eclipse will be visible low in the western sky throughout the Bay Area.
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