astro news

There will be a total lunar eclipse on Saturday, 4 April 2015.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow.  Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is visible from all parts of Earth where it is night time.  During a total eclipse, the Moon turns a dark redish colour as the only light reaching the surface of the Moon is red light refracted ('bent') by Earth's atmosphere.  This is sometimes referred to as a "Blood Moon".

This particular total eclipse will be relatively short, with the Moon fully eclipses for just 5 minutes.