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A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned. It is distinguished three types of lunar eclipse such as total, partial and penumbral in which Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon. We have mentioned that on July 27 it is going to happen the longest total lunar eclipse. And what about the next lunar eclipse? Let’s see when we will witness this wonderful phenomenon.
When Is The Next Lunar Eclipse?
- The last lunar eclipse was on August 7, 2017. It was a partial lunar eclipse.
- We have witnessed on January 31 Blue Supermoon. Visible from Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean, western North America.
- July 27, 2018: Total eclipse. Visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.
- January 19, 2019: Total eclipse. Visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa.
- July 16, 2019: Partial eclipse. Visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.
According to space.com there is a list of lunar eclipses until 2100. NASA also keeps data about past lunar eclipses. During the 21st century, Earth will experience a total of 228 lunar eclipses, according to the space agency.
Do You Know What is Blood Moon?
The moon may turn red during the total portion of an eclipse. The Blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth’s atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.
“The exact color that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere,” according to NASA scientists. “If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red.”
And What about Blue Moon?
A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a year: either the third of four full moons in a season, or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar.
Many people ask the question; “why is it called blue moon?” The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal “blue moon” may occur in certain atmospheric conditions: e.g., if volcanic eruptions or fires leave particles in the atmosphere of just the right size to preferentially scatter red light. The term has traditionally referred to an “extra” full moon, where a year which normally has 12 full moons has 13 instead.
Source: Space.com, Wikipedia
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