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Red moon rising: Look up October 8

 
Bonnie in Pokhara, Nepal
Red moon rising: Look up October 8
by Bonnie Thurber - Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 10:51 PM
 

Past lunar eclipse showing the shade of red the moon can often display. Credit: Noel Munford

Past lunar eclipse showing the shade of red the moon can often display. Credit: Noel Munford

GET set for an astronomical experience like no other on the mid north coast. We're going to be treated to a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday evening, 8 October 2014, with the Moon expected to take on an eerie 'reddish glow.

This is due to sunlight being filtered by the Earth's polluted atmosphere falling on the Moon. Airborne ash from the recent volcanic eruptions and existing airborne pollution will likely add to the darkening effect.

Lunar eclipses are one of the most spectacular sights in astronomy and one not to be missed. Lunar eclipses occur when Earth gets between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow.

We'll get a good view across the Hastings. The Moon will start to move into the Earth's shadow a little after 8.20pm with totality, or maximum eclipse, at 9.55pm.

This is when you get the spectacular reddish color so put your camera onto a tripod and take a photo.

Astronauts on the Moon would see an amazing sight. They'd actually see the Earth eclipsing the Sun! They would see a bright red ring around the Earth as they watched all the sunrises and sunsets happening simultaneously around the world.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch. You don't need any kind of protective filters. You can watch the lunar eclipse with nothing more than your own two eyes, but get away from any bright lights OK.

What a photo opportunity! Those with a smart phone can attach it to one of the large telescopes for an unusual souvenir. Why not make a night of it, grab the family and friends and get out under the stars, you won't be sorry!

Taken from http://www.camdencourier.com.au/story/2596464/red-moon-rising-look-up-october-8/?cs=704