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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Super Blood moon !

 I am sorry for sharing this a bit late – however, if you have the opportunity to look at the sky from your window /balcony / terrace – do it right now !  .. today is Pournami (full moon) – Solar eclipse too ..  and we are seeing a blood coloured Orange moon !! 

This is called ‘super flower blood moon’ -  because the moon appears to have a blood-orange color. 

A total lunar eclipse happens when the whole moon enters Earth's shadow. Some sunlight still reaches the moon, but first it goes through Earth's atmosphere. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun’s blue light, so the moon looks red.  Today, globally  a "blood moon" lunar eclipse will happen.  What is special about this particular eclipse is that it will change the color of the moon to a reddish color. Obviously that is where the term "blood moon" comes from.  

The first of this year’s two lunar eclipses will take place on Sunday and Monday. This light will be blood red, from all Earth's sunrises and sunsets reflected on to the Moon's surface, explains  an  astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.  A total lunar eclipse — when the full moon moves into the shadow of the Earth —will be visible from parts of the Americas, Europe, Africa and the east Pacific. New Zealand, the Middle East, and eastern Europe will witness a penumbral eclipse, which arises when the moon is in the lighter penumbral shadow.  

The lunar eclipse will occur on a day of the full moon. When the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon, it appears red. As sunlight will reflect onto the moon’s surface after filtering through the Earth’s atmosphere, the moon will reflect all other colours, retaining only red due to its wavelength. This makes the moon appear reddish, giving birth to the ‘blood moon’ term. The full lunar eclipse will begin at 07.58 AM (IST) on Monday and be in effect till 11.35 AM, NASA said. The red moon will be at its peak at 9.41 AM.  

A super blood moon is one  of our planet's most stunning !   The moon is going to pass into the Earth's shadow on May 16, turning fully red in some locations as the sun's light is refracted around the moon like a prism and shines its moon's surface. So you won't want to miss the first of only two lunar eclipses in 2022. In areas with total visibility in the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the east Pacific, the big event officially starts with a partial eclipse Sunday (May 15) at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on Monday, May 16), according to  

A penumbral eclipse, which happens when the moon passes into the edge of the Earth's shadow, will begin and end roughly an hour after the partial eclipse. You can catch this event in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In these regions, the moon won't go fully dark or turn red, but you should see the shadow on its surface in the right conditions.  

However, this  eclipse,  will not be visible in India.  Happy moon viewing ! –here are couple of photos taken from my terrace at around 8 pm .. .. and in one of them you can see those plants in moon too !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
15.5.2022  @ 10.15 pm.

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