There was a blood-red moon dazzling as too many star gazers across most of the world on Friday when it had moved into Earth’s shadow for literally the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.
As it was seen from the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and then from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbor, there were thousands of people who turned their eyes to the stars to watch the moon, which had turned dark before shining orange, brown and crimson in the shadow.
Then the total eclipsewent on for an hour and 43 minutes and even though a partial eclipse preceded and followed, which meaning that the moon will be spending a total of nearly 4 hours in the Earth’s umbral shadow.
The complete eclipse was actually visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and most parts of Asia and Australia though there the clouds blocked out the moon in some places.
The eclipse shall not be visible from any part of North America or most parts of the Pacific.
Reuters had charted the eclipse from across the world, and captured a shimmering orange and a red moon above Cairo.
Also on the banks of India’s Ganges, temples had been shut ahead of the eclipse. Many space enthusiasts and lovers were watching through telescopes in Marina South Pier and Riverside Quay in Singapore and at the famous Al Sadeem Observatory.
Also hundreds of people in Australia had paid to watch the eclipse from the Sydney Observatory.
When the moon had moved into the conical shadow of the earth, it also went from being lightened up by the sun to being dark. Also some light still reached it because it was bent by the Earth’s atmosphere.
It is known as a blood moon as the light from the sun goes directly through the Earth’s atmosphere on its way to the moon and then the Earth’s atmosphere turns it red in the same way as when the sun goes down it goes red, told Andrew Fabian who is a professor of astronomy at the University of Cambridge.
Also at the same time, Mars has been travelling closer to Earth than it has done since 2003 and hence many observers may see what might look like an orange-red star and it is in fact Mars
This should be considered avery unusual coincidence for having a total lunar eclipse and the planet Mars at opposition on the same night, told Robert Massey who is a deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Year after year of mankind, man has looked to the heavens for several omens of doom, as well as victory and joy. The Bible has given stories of the moon turning into blood and several extremely Orthodox Jews have considered lunar eclipses to be evil.
Also according to some Hindu ideologies, several celestial bodies such as the sun and moon have negative energy during an eclipse and so several temples in India were shut to avoid any disturbances.
Also, the next lunar eclipse of such a length is going take place again in 2123.