World looks to the skies as 'blood moon' eclipse begins

  • World looks to the skies as 'blood moon' eclipse begins

World looks to the skies as 'blood moon' eclipse begins

The lunar eclipse awed many onlookers who were eagerly waiting to witness the breathtaking view of the moon.

"All you have to do is dress warmly and go outside!" the Royal Astronomical Society advises. A total lunar eclipse occurs when moon passes directly behind the earth and falls into its shadow.

Yesterday's Total Lunar Eclipse was the longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21 Century (2001 to 2100).

It coincides not only with Mars's close approach, but with what he described as a "procession of planets" - a line-up of our celestial neighbours that will give skywatchers a particularly good view of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Our neighboring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million km from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun. And if you're in the USA, while it is unfortunate that we won't be able to see the eclipse here, it's not the end of the world.

The planet is expected to be visible as a bright red star. Those in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro had more luck, snapping the red moon in the clear night sky with their phones and cameras.

Yes, despite searing temperatures in the United Kingdom over the past week the clear skies didn't stick around long enough to provide onlookers with anything like a good view. During a lunar eclipse, the only light that reflects from the surface is refracted by earth's atmosphere, and this light tends to appear reddish, which is why it is known as Blood Moon. It had arrangements for residents to see through the telescope the Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31, when the event occurred after 150 years.

People hoping to see the blood moon in the United Kingdom were left disappointed after the weather took a turn for the worse and obscured the view. "If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red".

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark gray or brown... as rust-colored, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

At 4.30am, as the Earth snuck between the sun and the moon, a shadow began creeping across its satellite. Mars and Earth are closest to each other when Mars is at its nearest point from the Sun and Earth is goes far away from the sun - in their respective orbits.