April 16, 2014

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Not a Blood Moon

image by Damian Peach, Barbados

This eclipse received tremendous pre-event publicity, probably because it was flamboyantly labelled as a blood Moon. I don't know when this term became widely used for eclipses where the entire Moon passes through the umbra, the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, but 29% of all eclipses are like this, a total eclipse of the Moon. Total eclipses vary in their darkness and hue, and Ed Krupp, the director of the LA's Griffith Observatory, said this one was copper red, as is typical of total lunar eclipses. Damian's image captures the eyeball view of the nearly fully eclipsed Moon near bluish Spica and red Mars and also all the fainter stars usually not visible during full Moon.

Chuck Wood
Thanks to Maurice Collins for keeping LPOD going while I was in Italy!

Related Links
Damian's website, and Facebook page

Yesterday's LPOD: Shades of Minerals

Tomorrow's LPOD: How Dark Was the Eclipse?


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