North American Residents will Witness the Second of the Four Total Lunar Eclipses

North American Residents will Witness the Second of the Four Total Lunar Eclipse

On Wednesday, October 8, there is a good opportunity for the North American residents because they will experience the second of the four total lunar eclipses that are programmed to take place before the end of 2015.

The 'tetrad' lunar eclipses are an uncommon phenomenon, one that has been encountered only for some time during this century. According to NASA experts, , the amazing sight of the bright full moon turning a attractive shade of celestial red, will be seen in even the most light-polluted cities.

For East Coast residents, the totality starts just before daybreak at 6.25 am EDT, when the moon is hanging low on the horizon. Those living on the West Coast the display will be even better because the moon will be fully obscured between 3.25 am and 4.24 EDT, when it is still high up in the skies.

After the sunset on October 8, the people of New Zealand, Australia and eastern Asia will also be able to witness the total eclipse. People, who are living in South America, will see a partial one, before sunrise on the same day.

Lunar or eclipse of the moon takes place when earth gets in the way of the sun and the moon. The moon does not release its own light, it reflects the light from the sun. So, when our planet gets in the middle of the two, its shadow falls on the moon, and results in lunar eclipse.

"During a lunar eclipse, most of the light illuminating the moon passes through the stratosphere where it is reddened by scattering. However, light passing through the upper stratosphere penetrates the ozone layer, which absorbs red light and actually makes the passing light ray bluer," atmospheric scientist Richard Keen of the University of Colorado explained.

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