TOTAL ECLIPSE: Moon Turns Eyes to the Skies

If you turned your eyes to the skies overnight you would have seen a spectacular sight as Earth’s shadow blocked out the moon.

The total lunar eclipse began around 1 a.m. and was fully eclipsed by 2 a.m.

Nearly two dozen people watched the eclipse at the Science Center of Iowa.  The center provided a couple high-powered telescopes for moon gazers to get a close-up look.

The total lunar eclipse happens when Earth comes between the moon and the sun, blocking the sun’s rays from hitting the moon.

The red hue of the moon happens as the red light from the sun refracts around Earth’s edges and bounce back from the moon.

The moon remained fully eclipsed for more than an hour.

Richard Miles, a program coordinator with the Science Center says this morning’s eclipse is a rare and spectacular sight.

“It’s celestial mechanics in action.  You’re seeing physics in space and it’s a pretty neat event.  It’s a good learning opportunity for younger people when they get to see something like this.  And then, it’s just really beautiful to see.” said miles.

The last time a total lunar eclipse happened was in 2011.

This morning’s blood moon eclipse was the first of four that will happen over the next 18 months.  There will be another in October, one in April of next year, and one in September of next year.

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