The Planet and its creations are the most natural and beautiful signings to watch. We are generation more lucky than ever just in this decade alone because of the rare sightings we’ve been able to view – some that only come by once a century. Well tonight our Twilight fantasies get to come true as we get to experience what is called a ‘Blood Moon.’ The moon will change to a rusty orange tonight. Really a lunar eclipse—that is, the sun, earth, and moon will all line up so that the shadow cast by the earth will fall upon the moon.
Why is the blood moon red?
For simpler un-scientificy terms: The light that beams from the sun is the only light that touches the moon, and it has to pass through the earth’s atmosphere to get there. When the sunlight travels through the atmosphere, the shorter wavelengths dissipate, leaving only the longer (reddish) wavelengths to actually make it to the lunar surface. Which we see and when we look up appear the reddish tints.
So what happened with the moon a few months ago?
In January the same thing actually did occur. The difference with this one in particular is the moon will be passing through the center of Earth’s circular shadow, which will take longer – exactly an hour and 43 minutes making it the longest Solar Eclipse of the 21st Century.
We definitely wanna watch!
Us in the Americas are out of luck this time around. The eclipse will take place at 3:30 p.m. GMT and last until 5:13 p.m. and will peak midday for most of North and South America. Our friends in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia will get the full show this time. But check back here frequently to see views of the Blood Moon or just click a couple of Hashtags on your favorite Social platform. We’ll get to join the fun again on January 19, 2019.