They announce a blood moon for Sunday

They announce a blood moon for Sunday

As explained, “Since the Sun is bigger than the Earth, it can’t completely block light projections, so it’s not that we stop seeing it.”

“The light that reaches the Moon does so with an analogous phenomenon of refraction in the atmosphere which causes the projection of a reddish color; the same thing happens with the Sun at sunrise or sunset and that is why we see it reddish or orange.” he said the Club of Friends of Astronomy of Parque Centenario.

Es por este fenómeno que popularmente conoce al eclipse total de Luna como “Luna de sangre” y el último astronomical event of this type ocurrido el pasado 26 de mayo de 2021 fue denominado como “superluna” porque además el satélite natural se contraba más cerca Of the earth.

However, he was warned that “these are terms that serve as triggers for people to start looking at the sky. It is not an astronomical or scientific term, the size of the previous Moon had a minimal difference from that of this one is not something appreciable in the observation.”

In this sense, he pointed out that “there is more interest in the population regarding what is happening in the sky, although it is difficult to measure the pandemic in question, we note that there is more media coverage and people go to specialized places, the fact that technology allows us to follow an eclipse via streaming that cannot be seen from here also helps a lot.”

The last phenomenon of the year visible in Argentina

Next Sunday’s event is raising expectations among astronomy fans as it will be the last phenomenon of this type that we will be able to observe from the southern hemisphereand although a partial solar eclipse is expected in October, it can only be seen in much of Europe, northeastern Africa and western Asia and on November 8th another will occur , of the Moon visible in Asia, Australia, the Pacific and part of America.

This year we will have four eclipses and that’s because “there are eclipse seasons, that is, when the Moon crosses the ecliptic -the Sun’s apparent path across the sky- and it happens more or less every six months”. explained Brichetto Orquera.

Moreover, he warned that “depending on the phase of the Moon, the type of eclipse that occurs since if it is in a new Moon it will come from the Sun and if it is full it will come from the Moon since it is ‘on the other side of the Sun’.”

“As the lunar cycle lasts 28 days, there can be up to three events in each eclipse season, this year we will have four, two in each season”, explained the specialist who, at 14, is approached from the Parque Centenario observatory. and was fascinated by the sky and astronomy, which led him to study physics when he graduated from high school.

The lunar eclipse next Sunday will begin at 1:33 UTC (Universal Time Coordinated), or 22:33 Argentine time.

At this time “the moon enters the penumbra, which is the most diffuse part of the shadow, then, an hour later, it will begin to enter the umbra, which is the densest part of the shadow , and at 00:33 it will be in fullness”.

“This phase of the eclipse will last about an hour and a half, which is why the event is amazing, compared to the sun, whose most intense part lasts only a few minutes,” said the teacher, who called those wishing to attend the event at the observatory located at Patricias Argentinas 550, in Parque Centenario, Buenos Aires.

This time, the lunar eclipse will be visible throughout Argentina, depending on the cloudiness of the sky.

According to a map shared by NASA, it can also be observed entirely from South America, Central America and the eastern seaboard of the United States and partially from Africa and Europe; and will not be visible in the Middle East, India, Asia and Oceania

In Argentina, activities are carried out to observe this phenomenon in different parts of the country. In the city of Buenos Aires, from 10.30 p.m., the Friends of Astronomy invite you to take part in a meeting to see the Moon through telescopes located in the garden of the square and also from the dome of the historic Gautier telescope which has the association, an activity that will be accompanied by specialists who will guide fans throughout the meeting and a musical group, at a cost of 400 pesos.

In addition, the Galileo Galilei Planetarium in the Buenos Aires district of Palermo will organize an eclipse observation activity starting at 10 p.m. on the esplanade of the property where the telescopes will be installed.

These activities are suspended due to rain, but according to the National Meteorological Service (SMN) forecast, no precipitation is expected for the metropolitan area, although the sky during late Sunday night will be “partly cloudy”.

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