‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse may be more bloody than usual

From late Sunday hours until early Monday morning, the full moon sinks into Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse that colors the night sky moons red. This is why the phenomenon has been nicknamed “Blood Moon”.

But this time, scientists think, thanks to a powerful event here on Earth some time ago, that a celestial event will produce the moon, which appears redder than usual.

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In January, an underwater volcano near an uninhabited island in the South Pacific erupted. Hunga Tonga Hunga Hapai. The poles from the explosion were blown high into the atmosphere, reaching altitudes of up to 36 miles.

According to NASA, this is likely the tallest column ever captured in the satellite era.

“The intensity of this event far exceeds any storm cloud I have studied so far,” he said. Christopher Atmospheric scientist Bedkar at NASA Langley.

The resulting cloud of ash and gas spread over a larger section of the stratosphere than Georgia.

During a lunar eclipse, most of the sunlight that illuminates the moon passes through the stratosphere and is scattered, creating the red “blood moon” effect. Additional material recently injected into the atmosphere could create a more bloody eclipse than normal.

“Residual emissions from the volcano can shade the eclipse, making it more red than usual.” Astronomer Tony Phillips writes at Spaceweather.com.

Nearly a thousand years ago, on May 5, 1110, some medieval scribes reported that a lunar eclipse was so dark that it was “completely turned off.” In 2020, researchers will use ice core and tree ring data to Linking intense solar eclipses to volcanic eruptions Two years ago in Japan.

It’s unclear whether our moon will be completely cleared on Sunday nights and Monday mornings, but regardless of the added effects of volcanic activity, it’s definitely a show worth venturing out on.


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