Watch a Blood Moon Today, Because of Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century
This year seems to be the year of astronomical delight! Just after 15 days of a total eclipse of the Sun, today the full moon will be totally eclipsed. This beautiful total lunar eclipse will dazzle sky-watchers in the western half of North America.
The luckiest Western North Americans will have a front- row seat on Saturday as the full Moon gets painted red in the briefest eclipse this century. In addition, the eclipse will only be visible to residents in the East Asia, Pacific and Oceania.
According to the North American time zones, the greatest eclipse happens today before sunrise and in the Indonesia, Australia, Eastern Asia and New Zealand – the greatest eclipse takes place after sunset. From beginning to end, it will last for 3 hours and 29 minutes.
Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is totally safe to watch without any eye protection and lasts for a few hours.
A lunar eclipse is when the Moon is full and directly opposite to the Sun, with Earth in between. And when the Moon moves into the shadow cast by the Sun shining on Earth, eclipse happens.
Total lunar eclipse, also known as Blood Moons which are even more rarer because this usually happens only twice a year, when the entire Moon enters the umbra, nearly all the sunlight is blocked from hitting it and it’s during this stage that the darkened moon will glow red.
Since these kinds of total eclipses depend on a precise alignment of the Earth, Sun and Moon, eclipses happen in sporadic yet unsurprising arrangements of four nearly timed eclipses, usually called tetrads.
The first one eclipse in a tetrad was during October 2014 that will be followed by another eclipse on 28th September 2015 and will be visible from the Europe, America and few parts of Africa. As it happens, overall the 21st century is going to highlight eight tetrads (that is 32 eclipses) a surprisingly high number. So as far as a lunar eclipse, this is a really decent time to be alive.
Is this total lunar eclipse visible in New Delhi? Though it is not visible in New Delhi, it can be observed there as a partial lunar eclipse at 18:41.