Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

The moon glows mysteriously behind a Shisha in Cape Zampa Park, Yomitan during the lunar eclipse on April 4, at 9:05 p.m. (Photograph taken by Yasuhide Matayoshi).


April 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s stargazers had a frustrating night on April 4 when clouds largely obscured the much anticipated lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth, moon and sun are aligned together, with the earth in the middle. The light from the sun is deflected through the earth’s atmosphere, giving the moon’s surface an unusual reddish brown hue. Thankfully, observers were able to catch some glimpses of the mysterious phenomenon during breaks in the clouds.

(English translation by T&CT)

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