Early risers last Saturday morning were treated to a view of the blood moon.
The rusty-red moon was the effect of a total lunar eclipse, the last one in 2011.
The eclipse began at 4.45am PST when a red shadow started to cover the moon.
Then as the sun and moon aligned with the Earth slipped in between them, our planet cast a temporary shadow on the moon darkening it and making it appear a deep coppery red, as it blocked the suns rays.
The sunlight was still able to pass through Earth’s atmosphere casting a mystical red glow on the moon.
Unlike total solar eclipses, total lunar eclipses are relatively common and happen on average every two years. This is because the moon is one-third smaller than Earth and so fits more easily into Earth’s umbral shadow.
The next full eclipse of the moon will not happen until April 14, 2014.
Here’s another view of the blood moon – over Kurunegala, Sri Lanka:
[Source: Daily Mail]
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