Lunar Eclipse Facts

Lunar Eclipse Facts
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. During this type of eclipse the Moon appears to be a reddish color. This type of eclipse can only occur during a full moon. During ancient times, an eclipse was scary because people used the Moon and Sun to tell time and seasons. When the Moon's appearance made a drastic change, people really did not know what to expect.
Interesting Lunar Eclipse Facts:
Some lunar eclipse can last up to 3 hour and 45 minutes.
Usually eclipses alternate from solar to lunar.
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 appearance or darkness of the Moon varies during a total lunar eclipse due to the variation in the composition of Earth's atmosphere.
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 bright 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.
In ancient times, a total lunar eclipse or disappearance of the Moon meant that the gods were angry with the people.
The word eclipse comes from the Greek word meaning downfall.
More people on Earth can view a lunar eclipse than a solar eclipse.

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