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Get Ready To See The First Blue Moon Eclipse In 150 Years

The explanation why the moon turns ‘blood’ red during a lunar eclipse instead of going dark is actually really interesting.

You’d think that because the Earth is in between the Sun and the Moon that the moon would appear black in the sky, covered by Earth’s shadow.

However, the Earth’s atmosphere extends out beyond its rocky body. Light from the sun travels through this atmosphere and hits the moon.

The light that makes it beyond the atmosphere is essentially filtered out. The more blue colored light from the sun travels in shorter waves and is more easily trapped by our atmosphere, leaving the red colored light from the sun, which travels in longer wavelengths, free to pass through and land on the moon. That’s a gross oversimplification of the event but you should get the idea.

So don’t worry, the blood moon is mythological omen of doom or a sign of the apocalypse. It’s a very common and easily explainable cosmological event.

Isn’t science, fun?

Oh, and one nice difference from the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse versus the Total Eclipse that occurred in August: you won’t need a pair of special sunglasses to see the event. You can look at the blood moon with your naked eyes. Unless of course you need a pair of glasses to see.

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