LUNAR ECLIPSE APRIL 14, 2014 by SPACEWEATHER.COM


LUNAR ECLIPSE APRIL 14, 2014 by SPACEWEATHER.COM

“Earlier today, April 15th, all of the sunrises and sunsets on Earth got together and painted the Moon red. In other words, there was a total lunar eclipse. Rick Meinig sends this picture of the event from Colorado Springs, CO:

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“During the early hours of April 15th, the Moon spent more than three hours gliding through the shadow of Earth. The Moon turned red during the transit because the core of our planet’s shadow is red.

” Why red? A quick trip to the Moon provides the answer: Imagine yourself standing on a dusty lunar plain looking up at the sky. Overhead hangs Earth, nightside down, completely hiding the sun behind it. The eclipse is underway.

“You might expect Earth seen in this way to be utterly dark, but it’s not. The rim of the planet is on fire! As you scan your eye around Earth’s circumference, you’re seeing every sunrise and every sunset in the world, all of them, all at once. This incredible light beams into the heart of Earth’s shadow, filling it with a coppery glow and transforming the Moon into a great red orb.

“If you missed it, don’t worry. Three more lunar eclipses are in the offing. Get the full story from Science@NASA .”

–from http://www.spaceweather.com/

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