What is the Total Lunar Eclipse? a.k.a ‘Blood Moon’

The total lunar eclipse in 2022 was visible on November 8th. Many might have watched the lunar eclipse process with their bare eyes. As referred to in its name, the total lunar eclipse is nearly the same as the normal lunar eclipse. In all of the lunar eclipses, the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon align. The Earth covers the Moon from its sunlight, making the moon lose its light souce. However, the total lunar eclipses creates a huge change in how effectively they are aligned. The lunar eclipses that you see happen with a rough aligning of the Sun, Moon and Earth. However, the Total Lunar Eclipse is perfectly aligned. This might seem like a simple task. However, the Moon’s orbit is inclined at an angle of 5° from the Earth’s orbital plane around the Sun.

The total lunar eclipse is also known as a Blood Moon to many people. The reason to this is from the red color of the moon. Even though the Earth blocks the sunlight, the atmosphere bends the sunlight which lights up the moon indirectly. When sunlight passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, colors with the short wavelengths get scattered and colors with the longer wavelength, such as red or orange, reach to the moon. .

To see this amazing phenomenon again, you would have to wait until March 14th of 2025.

By. Jaehyun Lee