Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lunar Eclipse on April 15 Should Be Cool

Blood Moon a/k/a a lunar eclipse
Taxes aren't the only thing happening on April 15 this year - we'll be getting a total lunar eclipse.
Sky watchers are getting ready for an evening of special viewing when a total lunar eclipse arrives just after midnight on April 15. What's more, this begins a rare sequence of four total lunar eclipses expected over the next two years.
I've always found astronomy to be really interesting, but I haven't ever been committed enough to buy a telescope. I've got too many other hobbies as it is right now. The nice thing about lunar eclipses is that you can pretty much see them with the naked eye or a fair set of binoculars.

You may hear someone refer to a lunar eclipse as a "blood moon". The term blood moon came about because the moon nearly always appears copperish-red during an eclipse. This has to do with dispersed light from all the Earth’s falling on the face of the moon at mid-eclipse. It's the same thing that makes the sky turn the same color at sunrise and sunset.

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