Sunday, March 7, 2021

Total lunar eclipse occurs; blood moon seen (video)


NASA’s Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles recorded a time-lapse video of the total lunar eclipse that peaked this morning at about 6:25 Eastern Time.

The eclipse was visible over much of the world, but it was best viewed in the Pacific Ocean, near Australia.

The blood moon, so called because the moon turns a copper color as it passes through the umbra, is quite rare, but we are currently in a cycle of four blood moon eclipses, known as a tetrad. The first in the tetrad occurred on April 15, 2014, and the next will occur on April 4, 2015.

The April 2015 eclipse will last only about four minutes in totality and will be visible over western North America, the Pacific, east Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Paul Katula
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