Lunar eclipse 2018 India: Scientific definition and cause

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New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2018 5:04:47 PM

Lunar eclipse 2018 India: The lunar eclipse of 2018 is a rare lunar event that has kept the Internet abuzz from the beginning of the year. The event is causing a buzz because it combines three unusual lunar events — an extra big super moon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipse 2018: The first lunar eclipse of 2018, a total eclipse, on January 31 will be visible from India.Lunar eclipse 2018: The first lunar eclipse of 2018, a total eclipse, on January 31 will be visible from India.

Lunar eclipse 2018, Super Blue Blood Moon India: The first lunar eclipse of 2018, a total eclipse, will be visible from India on January 31. This lunar eclipse holds a special position as it will be a rare lunar event that has kept the Internet abuzz from the beginning of the year. The super blue blood moon will be a total lunar eclipse, most of which can be seen all across India. This cosmic event has not been witnessed in 36 years and will be visible on January 31. The rare event will be seen from western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, and Australia. The event is causing a buzz because it combines three unusual lunar events — an extra big super moon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse. During the eclipse, the moon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter. One can look for it in the evening, as the moon rises. Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear. Eclipses have fascinated, awed and frightened humanity for long. So, lets’ start with what is a lunar eclipse.

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Scientific Definition of the Lunar Eclipse
A lunar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon which happens when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Simplistically, it is the obscuring the light to the moon by the intervention of the earth between it and the sun.

What causes Lunar Eclipse?
The moon orbits the Earth. Earth orbits the sun. Once in a while, Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon. When this happens, Earth blocks the light from the sun to the moon. Earth’s shadow then falls on the moon. This is an eclipse of the moon. It is called a lunar eclipse.

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