(Reuters) – The longest partial lunar eclipse in a millennium dazzled night skies around the world on Friday, in an event dubbed the ‘Blood Moon’ due to its red haze.
The partial eclipse, which lasted 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, is the longest since February 18, 1440, according to NASA.
Stunning views of the partial lunar eclipse could be seen in parts of the United States, Asia and South America.
During the eclipse, up to 99.1% of the Moon’s disk was within Earth’s darkest shadow, NASA said.
Missed it? You will have to wait until 2669 before you can see a partial lunar eclipse that is longer than this one. However, there will be a longer total lunar eclipse in November of next year.
(Reporting by Eduardo Munoz; editing by Diane Craft)
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People around the world stepped outside of their homes or near their windows to catch a glimpse of the rare supermoon lunar eclipse that took place Sunday night.
CNN featured a video of Christians in Jerusalem gathering outside for the event. Praises were sung, prayers were said, and a shofar was blown during the full eclipse of the moon.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon enters Earth’s shadow, which often turns the mood a blood red color. A supermoon is when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit. This makes the moon appear 14% bigger and brighter than normal.
The last time there was a supermoon eclipse was 1982, and it will not happen again until 2033.
Sunday’s lunar eclipse was also the final eclipse in the blood moon tetrad. Previous tetrads have occurred in key years of Jewish history, including 1492 when the Jewish people were banished from Spain, and another took place in 1948, the year of the Arab-Israeli war.
The third blood moon lunar eclipse in the 18-month long tetrad will occur this Saturday on the morning of Easter Vigil and within the first night of Passover.
Earth’s shadow will cover the entire moon at 4:58 a.m. PST and the total eclipse will last approximately five minutes, making it the shortest eclipse in a century. The short timing of this eclipse is caused by the moon skimming the outskirts of Earth’s shadow, rather than passing through centrally.
Red light is created around the rim of the Earth when it covers the sun and that red light beams onto the moon, causing the blood red tint.
After Saturday, the next blood moon is expected September 28, 2015.
The moon turned blood red for a few hours early Tuesday morning.
The “blood moon” comes from a total eclipse of the moon due to the earth moving in front of the sun. The red hue is caused by the sunsets around the world allowing a minute level of light to hit the moon’s surface.
The entire time of the transition to a red color takes approximately one hour at the prime viewing locations.
The blood moon is referenced several times in Scripture as coming before the return of Christ. The Book of Acts and the Book of Joel have references to the blood moon. This year’s moon came on the second day of Passover and will be the first of four within the next two years, all happening during the Jewish festivals of Passover and the Feast of the Tabernacles.
There were 300 years before the 20th century with no blood moons. After the four scheduled blood moons over the next two years, another blood moon is not predicted until 2032 according to NASA officials.