Full lunar eclipse could bring ‘Blood Moon’ next tuesday

redmoon2A full lunar eclipse will occur Tuesday 15th of April, darkening the full moon and possibly tinting it a reddish hue that causes some to call it a “Blood Moon”.

At 5:20 GMT The circumference of the moon will be dimmed and possibly appearing a copper color because of sunlight bent by the atmosphere, as a result of sunlight that will make refraction in the Earth’s atmosphere, the lunar eclipse will last 78 minutes, and that the populations of North America and Western South America may be the privileged to see the phenomenon in its splendor.

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 “As the Earth begins to cast its shadow on the moon, the moon will partially disappear from view. Then the moon begins to appear brighter with a red or orange hue thanks to Earth’s atmosphere bending toward the moon”.

This eclipse will be visible from different parts of the world, including Barcelona, although in a partial way. In its total phase the surface of moon will have a deep red tone, a moment that will last approximately 78 minutes.

According to information released by Space.com, the initial stage of eclipse will begin at 3:07 a.m. EST. The ‘blood moon’ appearance will be visible for most of the duration of the eclipse, however, the peak is at 3:36 a.m. The culmination of the phenomenon is at 4:25 a.m. EST, according to the space agency.

To observe this phenomenon a special viewing instrument is not necessary, because unlike solar eclipses, they do not cause damage to the eye.

This eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses (the following three occur on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015 and the last on September 28, 2015), a phenomenon known as a tetrad. The last occurred in 2004 and the next will be in the period from year 2032 to 2033.

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