In Pics: Resplendent scenes of 21st century’s longest total lunar eclipse, Blood Moon 2018


For over six hours, stargazers and common across the world witnessed a spectacular celestial phenomenon – the Blood Moon 2018, the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century on the night of July 27-28 (Picture from Switzerland)

Blood Moon or Total Lunar eclipse occurs when the moon glows a deep red colour due to sunlight scattering. As there is no direct sunlight hitting the moon during an eclipse, all of the light which reaches the moon and bounces back to Earth is indirect (Picture from Dresden, Germany)

The first part of the lunar eclipse saw the Moon fall under the Earth’s shadow. This part of the eclipse is known as the penumbral eclipse, as the Moon is under partial influence of the shadow cast by the Earth also called Umbra. (Picture from Chennai)

As the Moon continued on its orbit, and pulled away from the Umbra, stargazers noticed another partial lunar eclipse. This picked up from around 2.43 am IST, which was then followed by another penumbral eclipse.  While the partial lunar eclipse concluded by 3.49 am, the penumbral eclipse ended by about 4.58 am. (Picture from Rome)



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