Lunar eclipse is a rare spectacle, which occurs in a specific time. Typically, you will see a lunar eclipse when the moon is passing behind the earth into its shadow or umbra. In that sense, it’s a much talked event and people are always curious about it. So, in this article, we are going to talk about the six things you didn’t know about lunar eclipse before. Let’s move forward and read the article in full.
- Lunar eclipse occur when there is a full moon: Since moon is the opposite of the sun, so when it’s in the opposite direction of the sun, the earth remains in between the moon and the sun, casting a shadow on the moon. Thus, lunar eclipse occur in the world. You won’t see lunar eclipse every month as the orbit of the moon is tilted five degrees more than the earth’s orbit.
- When the earth, sun, and moon align, we call it Syzygy: In the month of May 26, 2013, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury had aligned in the evening sky, creating a Syzygy. Usually, this term is used when three bodies are lined up in the space. The word – Syzygy is a Greek word, which refers to ‘yoked together.’ Greek people pronounced this word like –sizigee.
- You will see three types of lunar eclipse: There are three types of lunar eclipse – total, partial, and penumbral. When there is a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon will go through partial eclipses on either side of the totality. You will see a total eclipse if the shadow of the earth covers the moon fully. A partial eclipse will occur if the shadow of the earth covers only a portion of the moon. What’s more, the penumbral eclipse will occur if the earth’s lighter and outer shadow covers the moon. This type of eclipse often go unnoticed by the casual sky watchers.
- The total lunar eclipse darkens the moon: When there is a total lunar eclipse, not only it covers the entire moon, but also it darkens the moon as well.
- If you are on moon, you can see the lunar eclipse from there: You can see a lunar eclipse from the moon. Sounds interesting? Yes, it should be because when you are standing on the moon, we just see the earth is darkened as the sun is behind it.
- During a lunar eclipse, the moon will be dark because of the refraction: At the time of lunar eclipse, the moon turns into a rusty shade of red as the earth’s light is refracting. Therefore, the moon looks reddish and we call it a blood moon. This happens because the way of the light refraction in the earth’s atmosphere and it’s called Rayleigh scattering. Additionally, it is the same reason for the red color of the sunset and sunrise. Also, during the lunar eclipse, the actual color of the moon is related to the particles in the earth’s atmosphere.
Some Bonus Facts: Here are some bonus facts that we believe are significant about lunar eclipses.
- All lunar eclipse have time limits: Lunar eclipses don’t last forever. To be precise, a lunar eclipse doesn’t last longer than three hours and forty minutes (according to the National Maritime Museum in London). A totality or a total lunar eclipse would only last up to one hour and forty minutes. Even some lunar eclipses would be shorter than you think. The reason behind the time limits is due to the shape of the shadow of the earth. The earth is cone-shaped. Therefore, the time duration of the lunar eclipse depends on the time to get out of the earth’s shadow.
- Between several million and a few billion years, the lunar eclipses will be different: According to Space.com, the moving rate for the moon is 1.6 inches each year. It means the moon moves away from the earth at this speed. As a result, it will cause a massive change in how the earth’s shadow appears on the face of the moon.
The bottom line is lunar eclipses are fantastic events, which we must enjoy to the fullest. So, we believe these above facts will increase your interests in lunar eclipses. Let us know what you think about the lunar eclipses by commenting below.