We have great news for skygazers. The next total lunar eclipse will take place this Wednesday on October 8 and it will be visible from several western states. This is actually the last time we will get to see the eclipse of the moon in 2014 and we will be able to see it with the naked eye starting with 1:15. The total lunar eclipse will last until 6:33 am Pacific Time.
To quickly recap, this fascinating astronomical event known as a lunar eclipse, this occurs when our planet passes between the Sun and the Moon. When this happens, the Earth’s shadow covers the Moon in a slow, gradual process. This happens especially when the Moon is full and it will make it look like it’s red. The red, rusty color is due to the fact that light and dust are filtered through our planet’s atmosphere. Those who are able to see the next total lunar eclipse will witness a fascinating event also known as the Blood Moon.
This total lunar eclipse will be best observed in Australia from 9:25 pm until 10:25 pm AEDT. If you happen to be there and see the eclipse make sure you take caution. A lunar eclipse is best seen through a telescope that has a filter because the Sun will reflect its light. When watching a solar eclipse one must never look directly at the sun because it can seriously damage the eyes. You can watch it using telescopes, special glasses, binoculars or other special tools.
This total lunar eclipse is not the only major astronomical event that will happen in October. On October 23 North American will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse that will begin at 1:40 pm and last until 4:25 pm. This solar eclipse will happen due to the New Moon that will partially cover up the Sun. At about 3 p.m in North America 60% of the sunlight will be dimmed as the Sun will be slowly swallowed by the Moon.
These astronomical events are always fascinating and if you happen to be in these areas make sure you enjoy every bit of it.