Blood Moon!

If you haven’t heard already tomorrow there will be a total lunar eclipse (also often referred to as a blood moon)! Unfortunately those of us in Charlottesville won’t get a chance to see it unless you’ll be awake at 4:30am! But, if you happen to be in Australia keep an eye out!

I wanted to touch briefly on what exactly a lunar eclipse is– since everyone always seems to get so hyped up about it. And in fact it is pretty fascinating, considering it doesn’t happen that often and when it does it can’t be seen all over Earth. A lunar eclipse is when the Earth’s shadow is reflected on the moon. The “blood” color occurs because of our atmosphere. Gaseous molecules scatter short wavelengths of light (like blue) where as longer wavelengths (like red) are passed through our atmosphere and are reflected on the moon.

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If you happen to be in a location where the eclipse is visible I hope you get a chance to see it! And even if you don’t see the eclipse there will still be a gorgeous full moon to gaze at! Might I suggest an evening hike?

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