Reddish-brown moon appears in clouds during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears in clouds during total eclipse

On October 8, the moon was glowing mysteriously during the lunar eclipse at 7:36 p.m. in Naha.


October 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 8, a total lunar eclipse was observed in various locations around Okinawa. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is aligned with and comes in between the moon and the sun. The red light from the sun is deflected through the earth’s atmosphere, illuminating the moon’s surface. This phenomenon makes the moon look reddish brown. It was the first lunar eclipse in about three years, since December 10, 2010. The next time it will appear will be on April 4, 2015.

When the eclipse started at 6:15 p.m., the Okinawa region was cloudy. The total lunar eclipse was observed around 7:30 p.m. in the clouds in Naha. It was hard to observe because of the cloudy weather but the moon became a pale red and created a mysterious aura.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)  

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