Lots of sleepy heads in the house today.
Last night we set our alarms to get up and see the ‘blood moon.’
Did you see it?
A spectacle in the night sky worth staying up for when the moon turns a burnt reddish orange.
In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon turns a coppery red as it passes into Earth’s shadow. During the process, the moon’s bright glow dims, taking on a red hue because of shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth’s atmosphere.
What an amazing celestial show to watch. The brilliant red was a more intense color than I had imagined we would see -thus, the ‘blood’ reference. There was not a cloud in the sky as we stood there in the quiet darkness and watched the show.
I always get these things confused so,
Solar Eclipse = occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. WARNING: Dangerous to look at.
Lunar Eclipse = occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth. No warning except it’s cool to see and feel free to gaze in wonder to your heart’s content.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, and a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s shadow falls on the Earth.
There will be a total of 4 times this phenomenon happens over the next year or so.
April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015
***Here we are at 2 something in the morning with a grainy picture from my phone
***Photo Credit to the talented Ian & Kim Russell