Today the world is witnessing a natural phenomenon called Lunar Eclipse. We are going to speak in details about it. What is the lunar eclipse, when does it happen? Is it visible to all of the people all over the world or some areas?!
What is the lunar eclipse?
It happens when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon and cover the moon with its shadow. When this happens the moon turns red which why they nicknamed it “Blood moon”.
As we know, the moon has no light of its own but shines only because its surface reflects the sun’s rays. When the Earth comes in the middle, the total lunar eclipse happens. This year we are going to witness two total lunar eclipses the first is today and the second yet to come in July.
The first eclipse today is called Super Blue Blood Moon. Because the moon is going to be at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit and this is called super moon and it is brighter and full for the second time in a one month so it is called blue moon and I previously mentioned why it is called blood moon.
The Earth has three shadows during the eclipse, the umbra which is the darker central part, the penumbra which is the out part, and antumbra which is the partly shaded area beyond the umbra.
Can everyone see the total lunar eclipse?
Everyone can see because there are higher chances of seeing it, unlike the total solar eclipse.
No special equipment needed to watch the lunar eclipse, unlike the total solar eclipse which is harmful to the naked eye.
The lunar eclipses usually happen every 2.5 years. We will witness 4 upcoming lunar eclipses and they are dated like this: 27-28 July 2018, 20-21 Jan 2019, 26 May 2021, and 15-16 May 2022.
The total lunar eclipse usually followed by a partial solar eclipse which we will witness on 15 Feb. 2018.
Lunar eclipses in different cultures
Several cultures have myths related to lunar eclipses or allude to the lunar eclipse as being a good or bad omen. The Egyptians saw the eclipse as a sow swallowing the moon for a short time; other cultures view the eclipse as the moon being swallowed by other animals, such as a jaguar in Mayan tradition, or a three-legged toad in China.
At these times of lunar and solar eclipses, Muslims perform the eclipse prayer or Salaat al-Kusoof, asking God for mercy and this eclipse to be gone. Because this is a warning from God.
Eclipses are signs from Allaah by means of which Allaah makes His slaves afraid. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And We sent not the signs except to warn, and to make them afraid (of destruction)” [al-Israa’ 17:39].
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