Partial lunar eclipse is always a magnificent sight to see. It’s where the moon passes behind the earth and gets covered in its shadow. It creates an illusion that the moon has been blocked by a dark matter for few moments.
This natural phenomenon doesn’t happen every day. That’s why when the cycle is predicted to take place, the whole world is screaming in alert. And it happened Monday, 7 August 2017. What made it a big story discussed in the internet is, the moon was blood red during the partial lunar eclipse.
Unlike the usual yellow moon we see every day, the moon looked like it was tainted by a transparent red smoke. And it created an amazing sight when it combined with the moon’s natural yellow color. So, what’s exactly behind this mysterious blood red shade?
Here’s the explanation.
As we all know, the moon doesn’t have its own light. Just like a mirror, the moon reflects sunlight that we couldn’t receive directly during nights. And when the recent lunar eclipse happened, the earth was positioned in between the sun and the moon. The light was tilted and created a reddish color that hit the moon surface.
Actually, we could spot this phenomenon every day. It basically shares the same concept with reddish sunset and sunrise. This beautiful natural spectrum phenomenon is called Rayleigh scattering. It’s named after the man who discovered the theory, Lord Rayleigh, a British psychist who also known as John William Strutt.
The partial lunar eclipse was best seen in Turkey, Indonesia, Spain, and Poland. And photographers from around the world flew to these countries just to capture the best image of this nature cycle. Here are some of them.
7 August Full Moon – Taken at Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio, South Athens
The Crowd and the Eclipse – taken at Tio Rio Park, Madrid, Spain
Partial Lunar Eclipse – Taken at Bernese Alps, Switzerland
Eclipse in the Sea – Taken at Isola d’Elba, Italy
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