Monday, December 12, 2011
Rare Lunar Eclipse Gives Moon A Reddish Glow
Moon watchers in the western U.S., Hawaii and elsewhere across the globe were treated Saturday to a rare celestial phenomenon: a total lunar eclipse. For 51 minutes starting at 6:06 a.m. [PT], the Earth’s shadow completely blocked the moon. The moon took on a reddish glow, as some indirect sunlight continued to reach it after passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. Since the atmosphere scatters blue light, only red light strikes the moon, giving it a crimson hue. The last total lunar eclipse was on June 15th, although that was not visible from the U.S. The next one is on April 15, 2014, and will be seen in the U.S.
at 5:00 PM