Paul Begley believes that the blood moon, coupled with worldwide natural disasters, is the latest clue that the apocalypse is close.
It looks very much like the Moon was habitable at this time.
“However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour”. It’s even more interesting to think of what we might learn about early life on Earth by studying Moon fossils.
“In early days experiencing a total lunar eclipse would have felt like the end of the world”.
“In this case, the further south you are in New Zealand the better, with Otago and Southland being favoured”. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does.
People in areas experiencing the total eclipse may also want to spend a few moments looking at other parts of the sky for some shooting stars.
The opportunity was longer in the southernmost parts of the country.
Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London, said: “We know we have lunar meteorites on the Earth, so it may well be that a chunk of Earth carried life to the Moon”.
In Dunedin, the interval was reduced to four minutes; in Christchurch, three minutes.
The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth’s shadow – so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.
The red moon will pair well with Mars, which reaches opposition just before the eclipse and will also appear orange or red in color. In this process, if any interference come in the way of a beam of light, the rays in the beam gets scattered, and reflect different colours.
MetService was forecasting fine conditions but with high cloud over most southern spots for Saturday, although Gore and Invercargill could see showers. But you’ll need to set your alarm clock! Earth’s only natural satellite still had a molten core, and gases escaping from underground magma would have produced an atmosphere. While this event may not seem as dramatic in comparison, the Moon will still be observed in hues of scarlet red.
Residents of the Jewish State will be able to see much of the Eclipse from cities and without a telescope. While technically this will be the longest eclipse of the century, the two previous lunar eclipses in this series – July 16, 2000 (No. 37, Saros 139) and July 6, 1982 (No. 36, Saros 139) – lasted longer than this one.
The total lunar eclipse is a unique celestial phenomenon in which people will have a chance to take a glimpse of the so-called “blood moon”.
East Africa, the Middle East and a region of Central Asia stretching as far east as India and as far north as parts of southern Russian Federation should get a spectacular view of the so-called blood moon.