2019 lunar Eclipse: why is it called “bloody”

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“Bloody supermoon” — a somewhat more common phenomenon than one might think based on its name. “Blood moon” can be called every total lunar Eclipse, because during such events the satellite of the earth briefly becomes the observer of crimson hue. As explained by astrophysicists, the Earth’s atmosphere is most transparent for the rays of red-orange part of the spectrum, and when the sunlight falling on the moon, before it dissipates in the earth’s atmosphere, it gives it its characteristic color.

With regard to the phenomenon called “supermoon”, it also is not something really out of the ordinary. The convergence of the Earth with the Moon can fall on the full moon several times a year, and, although at this time the moon really larger than usual, to see the difference between “naked eye” many astronomers believe is hardly possible. Much more likely that the moon person will appear unusually large if it is (being at any distance from Earth) will be low above the horizon, and it will be possible to compare with the distant houses and trees .

In General, from the astronomical point of view, in the opinion of professional scientists, is not of high value, and the term itself was first used in 1979 in the American journal of horoscopes.

By the way, it also happens that the full moon falls on a day when the Moon is as far away from Earth. This phenomenon is sometimes called microloan, although writing about it is much less likely.

One day “blood moon” supermoon also falls quite often. This happened just under a year ago (and then the full moon was the second in a month), and before that in September of 2015.

However, in some respects the inhabitants of the European part of Russia, which managed to see a total lunar Eclipse, lucky: the next time a similar opportunity in this area will include only six years.

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