The total lunar eclipse on Saturday gave a glimpse of the blood moon across the globe, especially in the horizon above the North America, Pacific and Australia.
The eclipse lasted maximum for 5 minutes in the core area of visibility, including the US and Australia. As the moon crossed the Earth’s shadow, it turned into red colour due to the filteration of blue light in the space.
The rendezvous, however, lasted for the shortest period in the entire century, say scientists, less than 10 minutes at its peak. For the last two days, social media is abuzz with pictures of the red or blood moon.
The celestial event took place on April 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM IST, (6:16 AM EDT/3:13 AM PDT) and it lasted for just 4 minutes and 43 seconds making it the shortest in the century. In India it was visible only in eastern India, especially in Arunachal Pradesh.
The eclipse on Saturday morning was the third in lunar tetrad and is part of the four lunar eclipses (The first and second occurred on April 15, 2014 and October 8, 2014, respectively). The fourth will occur on September 28, 2015.
The moon looked reddish because sunlight that passed through Earth’s atmosphere filters out most of its blue light and the eerie, though harmless, shows up earning the nickname “blood moon”.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and Sun and the Moon passes into the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow.
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