(WDVM) — It is time to go stargazing this weekend as a Total Lunar Eclipse will occur Sunday. What occurs is the moon will cross the earth’s shadow making the moon a coppery reddish coloration.
“This weekend we are treated to a spectacular sight of a full moon culminating in a lunar eclipse. Now, I would encourage people to go out anytime during the night, Saturday night, Sunday night, and even Friday night. Look up to the sky and you’ll see the beautiful majesty of a full moon,” Dr. Noah Petro a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Scientist with NASA stated.
The final time we noticed a complete lunar eclipse was again in May 2021. But why does the moon flip purple when it passes by the earth’s shadow.
“The moon turns this beautiful red color during the eclipse because of this really special connection between earth and the moon. Just the same reason why when you go out at sunset or sunrise the horizon turns that beautiful red-orange color. Well now imagine all of the sunrises and sunsets from the earth get projected onto the surface of the moon when it passes in. To the shadow of the earth and so spring the peak of the eclipse was just just a ride,” Dr. Petro continued.
During this time the moon will enter the penumbra which is a part of the Earth’s shadow the place the Sun is just partially coated by the Earth. The umbra is the place the Sun is totally hidden. The Moon’s look isn’t affected a lot by the penumbra. The actual motion begins when the Moon begins to vanish because it enters the umbra at about 10:28 p.m. EDT on the fifteenth. An hour later, solely inside the umbra, the Moon is a ghostly copper coloration. Totality lasts for an hour and a half earlier than the Moon begins to emerge from the central shadow. Throughout the eclipse, the Moon is shifting throught the constellation Libra.
This 12 months’s eclipse will final about 84 minutes. And if you’re keen on seeing this gentle present – listed here are some recommendations on one of the simplest ways to see it.
“You know, find your ideal location whether it’s in your backyard or on the top of your building or in some location we have a beautiful, unobstructed view of the sky. You want to be clear of bright lights or tall buildings around you if you can and just relax and enjoy the show,” Dr. Petro continued.
So sit again chill out and benefit from the present. The eclipse will start round 10 p.m. Sunday night time and will probably be at its peak round midnight. For extra details about the eclipse, you may go to their web site.