For almost an hour on October 8, 2014, the moon will be totally eclipsed. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending September 27, 2014
For almost an hour on October 8, 2014, the moon will be totally eclipsed. Most of the Pacific Ocean and the islands in it will get a view of the entire event. Part of the event will be visibile from many places in Asia, Australia, and the Americas. That’s if the weather allows, of course!
Lunar eclipses happen when the moon goes through the earth’s shadow. The penumbra is the outer part of Earth’s shadow. In it, the earth is partly in front of the sun. The central part of the shadow is called the umbra. In it, all of the sun is blocked. However, a little sunlight is refracted through Earth’s atmosphere. The scattering of light that makes the sunset and sunrise red also causes some reddish light to reach the moon during a total eclipse.
Most of the Americas will see part of the eclipse on October 8. For viewers there, the moon will set while the eclipse is still in progress. Most of Asia and Australia will see the ...