Interesting Lunar Eclipse facts


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Lunar eclipse

  • A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth and the Earth blocks the Sun from the Moon so there is no light hitting the Moon at all.
  • Three times a year is the maximum time a lunar eclipse usually occurs.
  • There are typically more solar eclipses than lunar eclipses per year.
  • There are three types of lunar eclipse: partial, full, and prenumbral.
  • During a partial lunar eclipse only a portion of the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow.
  • A full lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly in front of a full moon.
  • When the Moon passes through the prenumbral shadow of the Earth, a prenumbral lunar eclipse has occurred.
  • The Danjon Scale is a scale used to describe the darkness of a total lunar eclipse.
  • The Danjon Scale has 5 points that range from 0 (Moon appears almost invisible) to 4 (very right yellowish orange).
  • It is not dangerous to look directly at the Moon during a lunar eclipse because the Moon is not giving off its own light.
  • The longest recorded total lunar eclipse took place on July 16, 2000. The eclipse was visible in Australia, eastern Asia, and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Many Indian people believe a superstition that eating and drinking during solar and lunar eclipses causes indigestion.
  • Many consider it as a bad omen for pregnant women. They believe watching Lunar Eclipse may cause one to give birth to a deformed baby.

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