By this time next week, North and South Americans will have witnessed the first lunar total eclipse this year. The phenomenon will be seen for over an hour and will cast a reddish shade over the moon. So, Americans, get ready for a total eclipse of a red moon!
Next week on Tuesday, the moon will be eclipsed by the shadow of our planet, offering a 78-minute beautiful view to all those across the Western hemisphere. The phase will be visible in the early hours of the morning, from 3:06 to 4:24.
The Earth’s shadow covering the moon will be casting a reddish shade over the natural satellite, making it look more colorful than the usual, changing from a bright orange to a vivid red, the same colors that you see on sunsets and sunrises. The colors come from the light around the Earth’s edges, that splash and illuminate the moon’s surface.
The total eclipse of the moon will only be seen on the West hemisphere. The Eastern American coast will only catch half of the eclipse, as the sun will have already started to rise at that time. And in Europe and Africa it won’t be visible at all.
According to the astronomers, there will be four eclipses in 2014: two lunar and two solar. Of them, the total eclipse of the red moon is the first. We’ll witness a second one on April 29 when, in the Southern hemisphere, there will be seen a rare form of solar eclipse.