Sunday , April 5 2020

Total lunar eclipse stuns sky watchers

Washington: An unusual set of celestial circumstances came together over Sunday night and early hours of Monday for sky watchers in Europe, Africa and the Americas, where the moon fully disappeared before it lit its faint red glow.

In the streets of Mexico City, Los Angeles and Paris and in the Moroccan desert, moon gazers looked up on the sky to observe the phenomenal celestial event.

It was observed during the midnight in america and few hours before dawn in Europe and Africa.

The celestial phenomenon lasted for three hours, at first the moon was overshadowed by the earth, and appeared it as world says it as “Wolf Moon’, the tint of red appeared fainted after some time and it looked bigger than before because it was full and was nearer to earth, all bright.

Not everyone could witness it because it was cloudy in some parts of the London. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon looks red because the sunlight no longer directly illuminates it, since Earth is passing in between the Moon and Sun.

“The colour is due to Rayleigh scattering — where the Sun’s blue light is scattered off molecules in Earth’s atmosphere — which also happens at sunsets,” Royal Astronomical Society of Britain explained.

“The Sun’s red light is scattered much less by air, and is bent by Earth’s atmosphere in a process called refraction, travelling all the way through it to light up the Moon’s surface.”

In July 2018, Europeans witnessed a last total Lunar eclipse. The next chance for a glimpse at a lunar eclipse is expected in 2022.

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