What is Lunar Eclipse? Important Facts about Lunar Eclipse

WRITTEN BY Saumya Jaiswar

What is Lunar Eclipse?

Lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and moon, blocking the sunlight usually reflected by the moon.

Types of Lunar Eclipse

There are 3 types of lunar eclipse Total lunar eclipse, Partial lunar eclipse and Penumbral lunar eclipse.


Total Lunar Eclipse

The entire Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow. Umbral means complete shadow.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

A portion of the Moon passes through Earth's shadow.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The Moon passes through Earth's partial shadow. Penumbral means partial shadow.

Is it safe to Watch Lunar Eclipse?

Unlike Solar Eclipse, lunar Eclipse is safe to watch with naked eyes without protective lens.

Why is the Moon Red During a Total Lunar Eclipse?

Moon takes a reddish colour during totality is called Rayleigh scattering. It is the same mechanism responsible for causing colourful sunrises and sunsets, and blue sky.

How many Lunar Eclipses Occurs in a Year?

According to the National History Museum, a lunar eclipse is a relatively common phenomenon, with about three lunar eclipses occurring every year.

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