A total lunar eclipse appeared in the night sky, with people around the world enjoying the spectacular phenomenon, and photographers took the opportunity to capture the dazzling celestial event.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon form a nearly perfect alignment in space. During these moments, which only occur during a full moon, the Earth casts a shadow on our natural satellite, changing its color and brightness.
Total lunar eclipses progress in three stages. The first stage is a penumbral eclipse during which the moon enters Earth’s lighter shadow, called the penumbra. At this point, the side of the full moon that we can see darkens very slightly.
The next stage is a partial eclipse, which begins when the moon begins to enter Earth’s darkest central shadow, known as the umbra, and dims noticeably, while parts of it go almost completely dark as the shadow recedes. move across your face.
The final stage is the total eclipse phase, where the entirety of the Moon is within the Earth’s umbra, causing it to turn a reddish color. This is why the moon in total lunar eclipse is popularly known as the Blood Moon, although this is not a scientific term.
When the moon passes through the Earth’s umbra, direct sunlight cannot illuminate its surface. But the moon doesn’t completely disappear during a total lunar eclipse because the shadow isn’t completely dark.
In fact, some light reaches the moon during the total eclipse phase, but this light is refracted as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s why the moon turns red.
“As light passes through Earth’s atmosphere, blue wavelengths are scattered more than red wavelengths, so the only light that reaches the moon is red light,” he said previously. Tania de Sales Marques, Astronomer at the UK Royal Observatory Planetarium, Greenwich. news week. “We see the same effect occur when the sky turns red at sunrise and sunset.”
The total phase of last night’s eclipse was visible from most of the Americas, except for the northwesternmost part of the continent, as well as the western regions of Europe and Africa, depending on the weather anywhere, of course.
May’s full moon, often referred to as the Flower Moon, was also described as a supermoon. This is another non-scientific term with various definitions, although the most common refers to any full moon that occurs when the moon is at least 90 percent of the way to its perigee, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Perigee is the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth. The moon actually has an elliptical orbit around the Earth, which means that the distance between it and our planet varies over time.