Blood Moon alert!
This Tuesday 8th Nov, a total lunar eclipse, people know as a “Blood Moon” is happening at 4:51 pm in Bahrain. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can safely view the lunar eclipse with the naked eye, although it will be better viewed through a telescope.
A blood moon is a term people use to describe a total lunar eclipse that occurs when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. Additionally, people call total lunar eclipses blood moons because of the reddish color they take on during the middle portion of their duration.
Blood Moons in history
From one ancient aspect, the name “blood moon” comes from the time of Noah’s flood: “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30)
Also, the ancient Greeks used this term for such an event, though they believed it was caused by Zeus’s anger at Prometheus. However, most scientists agree that this phenomenon has nothing to do with anger or divine retribution! As the red color is caused by a simple optical illusion resulting from light bending through Earth’s atmosphere. Cool right?
It’ll be the last lunar eclipse for the next 3 years!
Yeap, you heard that right, and to top it off, it will only be visible for 5 minutes. So set your reminder to make sure you can see it. Or you can watch it live from one of the observatories broadcasting it below!
Some observatories will webcast the eclipse!
- Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
- Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona
- Astronomical Society of South Australia on Youtube
Don’t miss it!
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