Lunar Eclipse: A Bloody Night

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Ruby Marquez, OwlFeed News Reporter

A shade of vibrant red fills the sky, glowing vividly. Though, the intention isn’t necessarily negative nor bad; but to admire the enchanting night. An infrequent event, also known as the lunar eclipse, will be taking place on the 8th of November approximately for an hour. Due to NASA’s scientific interpretation, they found out it was to occur sooner or later. In fact, the blood moon will be visible to a majority of the continents, such as North America, Australia, Asia, and more! It’s a great chance to appreciate the moon’s galactic beauty, and continue to expand the curiosity of individuals. 

Coming to the question, what is a lunar eclipse? Initially, it’s a temporal event when the Earth is positioned between the moon and the sun. The moon falls under the Earth’s shadow, also known as the umbra, which illuminates a reddish tone. Almost 2 happen every 3 years, this being the follow-up from the previous one in May of 2022. An article from Jamie Carter from Forbes says “the appearance (and possible temporary disappearance, if you’re in Asia) of Uranus as well as the possibility of “shooting stars” around the eclipsed moon.” These can likely be noticed or distinguished brightly all over the moon.

Although the lunar eclipse won’t be visible till about 5 AM in EDT time, there is still a process by which this takes place. It starts at 2 AM when the moon is about to enter the penumbra, but little light will be visible. An hour later, the moon enters the umbra, which will appear as a dark shade. Then, the moon is completely inside the umbra and is the start of the total lunar eclipse. After the moon makes it halfway across the umbra, it moves to the other side of the penumbra. The process of this continues for a few hours until it’s visible in northeast parts of the United States. Many say it ends at 6 AM, leaving the residents in northwest portions able to visibly see it. For more information about time zones where they are found, go to the official NASA website!

As of right now, there is no requirement to get a telescope or advanced binoculars. However, it is recommended to get a better view of the details. Information from APB live claims that it’s better to be in a “dark environment away from bright lights.” If this won’t be visible in your area, there are always live streams on YouTube or other news channels! Take this opportunity now and watch the bright moon.