Lunar Eclipse


What is a Lunar Eclipse?

A lunar eclipse is when the moon goes directly behind Earth into it's umbra or shadow. This happens when the sun, moon and Earth align also called syzygy.
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What are different types of Eclipses?

There are three different types of lunar eclipses.1) total lunar eclipse(when the moon is completely covered in the Earth's umbra.2) partial lunar eclipse is when a part of Earth's umbra shows on the moon, and 3) penumbral lunar eclipse is when the moon moves through a faint portion of the Earth's umbra.

Where and when do lunar eclipses occur?

At least 2 lunar eclipses occur in a year, but total lunar eclipses are less common. The recent eclipse was mainly visable in North and South America.

How often do eclipses happen?

The moon orbits earth on a different plane than the earth orbits the sun, and eclipses can occur only when the moon is close to the intersection of these two planes, which only happens twice a year. Eclipses can occur for about two months around these intersection times (called nodes). There can be from four to seven eclipses in a calendar year.

What is a Blood moon?

A blood moon is a religious symbol of Jesus christ's arrival. There are going to be three more blood moons. It will occur in october 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and september 28, 2015. We recently had the first blood moon which was on April 15, 2014 and it was visable mainly in North and South America.
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Fun Facts about past lunar eclipses.

The moon's speed through the umbra is about one kilometer per second which means the lunar eclipse will last about 3 hours and 40 minutes.Lunar eclipses occur when the moon is full.There can only be 2 lunar eclipses in a year.Can be seen by an entire hemisphere.Egyptians believed that the eclipse was a sow swallowing the moon for a short period of time.