Blood Moon – Lunar Eclipse on 4th April 2015
Lot of expectations and discussions are floating around the Lunar Eclipse occurring on 4th April 2015. Lunar Eclipse is a phenomenon when Earth comes in between the Moon and the Sun and prevents the sun from illuminating the moon. It can be partial or total. Lunar Eclipse occurs always on a Full Moon day. The eclipse tomorrow is the 3rd of the series of 4 lunar eclipses within a period of 18 months. We already saw the two on April 15 and October 8 last year. This is the third one and we have one more to go on September 18 this year. When we face four total lunar eclipses continuously, we call it as Tetrad. A Tetrad is a rare occurrence. Read on …
What is Blood moon?
When Earth moves between the sun and the moon, the sun is covered by Earth and it lights the rim of the Earth giving it a Red hue. This red color light is scattered and falls on the moon and makes it red and hence the term Blood Moon.
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Visibility in Chennai
Total eclipse will be seen only in North eastern states beginning from Dibrugarh in Assam, and further to Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. People in Andaman and Nicobar Islands will also witness total lunar eclipse. The eclipse begins at 3.45 PM and will reach totality around 5.30 PM
We will see the Eclipse moving out from the inner area (umbra) to the outer area (penumbra). Moon in Chennai rises around 6.32 PM and will be seen as a partially eclipsed moon after coming out of Totality Phase and continue to phase out till 7.15 PM when the lunar eclipse ends.
We will be lucky to see it, if the sky is clear. Generally, the sky becomes cloudy and steals the moments of this beautiful phenomenon from us.