Super Blood Moon eclipse underway

Sunday, September 27, 2015. BMG:  A full moon at perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth, takes place creating the blood red effect.redmoon

The Earth’s shadow started making its way across the moon at 6:11 p.m. Belize time. The total eclipse begins at 8:11 p.m. and will peak at 8:47 p.m. The total eclipse will last about 72 minutes.

As the moon turns red because of the strange phenomenon the moon will appear 14 percent larger as it reaches its closest point with Earth.

The strange coloration happens as the light from the sun shines onto the moon after being refracted and scattered through the dust in Earth’s atmosphere as the planet passes in between the two, casting a shadow and causing the eclipse.

The particulates in the atmosphere filter out all colours, except red, meaning if there have been a lot of volcanic eruptions or fires on our planet, the moon appears to be a darker red or brown color as more light is dissipated.

Belize is among the countries that will have total view of the eclipse while other portions of the world, including parts of the western United States, and eastern Europe, Asia and Africa will only have partial view of the eclipse due to their geographic locations.

The last time a super blood moon happened was more than 30 years ago in 1982 and the next super blood moon isn’t expected until 18 years from now in 2033.

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