Different Lunar Eclipses
- The Moon passes through Earth's penumbral shadow.
- These events are of only academic interest because they are subtle and hard to observe.
- A portion of the Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow.
- These events are easy to see, even with the unaided eye.
- The entire Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow.
- These events are quite striking due to the Moon's vibrant red color during the total phase (totality).
1. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
2. Partial Lunar Eclipse
3. Total Lunar Eclipse
How often do eclipses happen?
The yearly average for lunar eclipses to happen is 1 - 1½. Yearly, eclipses can happen 0 - 3 times. The one time that 3 lunar eclipses had happened in 1 year is in 1982. Partial eclipses slightly outnumber the total by 7 - 6.
Eclipses have been featured in many religions.The chinses belived that a eclipse was a dragon eating the sun so they used drums to "scare the dragon" off.