Folks all around the world have witnessed the majestic and yet celestial rare cosmic event on October 8, 2014, ‘The Lunar Eclipse’ it is when the moon turns bloody red which is also known as the “Blood Moon”.
The entire event was visible from Philippines and entire Asia, the Americas and Australasia. The event took place at 4:14 P.M and will end at 9:35 P.M, Philippine Standard Time (PST).
The ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse sequels this year’s first total lunar eclipse which took place on April 15, 2014.
According to the authorities, the lunar eclipse only occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the sun’s ray will be blocked from striking the moon. This kind of phenomenon only exists when the Sun, Earth and the Moon are perfectly aligned or very close so, with the earth in the middle.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon's location relative to its orbital nodes.
The event started in penumbral phase, close to partial eclipse which causes a subtle darkening of the Moon's surface.
The total eclipse completed its form when the moon is fully consumed with the Earth’s shadow and turns a shade of mixed orange and red.
Yet according to the experts, the moon is usually turning brown during a lunar eclipse but today the moon turned bloody red due to dust, humidity, temperature in the earth’s atmosphere.
Here are some photos taken and shared by netizens;
Another shot of how beautiful the moon is tonight. ♥ #BloodMoon #LunarEclipse #eclipse #Manila #Philippines #141008 pic.twitter.com/WMsAoZa8q3
— Melody Santos (@mellow_dy) October 8, 2014
Lunar eclipse - #BloodMoon, as seen from Manila, Philippines pic.twitter.com/DOJDoPe2cR
— Milet Ismael (@F8fulH) October 8, 2014
How the #BloodMoon looks like from my side of the world right now... #LunarEclipse #Balanga #Bataan #Philippines pic.twitter.com/LClj5jk1Du
— Shane Ramos (@shane4688) October 8, 2014
Meteorologist Tony Auden will have the latest on tonight's blood moon in Seven News at 6. #7newsQ pic.twitter.com/rR1g7Lr5uw
— Bill McDonald (@billmcdonald07) October 8, 2014
Head outside now to check out the #LunarEclipse.Thanks to Kevin G. for sending @WKOW this great pic of the #BloodMoon pic.twitter.com/Lsn9SfgTkG
— Dani Maxwell (@dani_WKOW) October 8, 2014
According to PAGASA, Lunar eclipses are very safe to watch and observers may not need to use any kind of protective gears and filters for the eyes, and a pair of binoculars might help to tweaj the view and will make the red coloration of the moon be brighter.