Sky-gazers are in for a treat as a super “Blood Moon” is set to glisten the night sky tonight.
A total lunar eclipse, according to NASA, is when a Blood Moon occurs. A total lunar eclipse is when the Earth aligns itself between the moon and sun. During the eclipse, “the only light that reaches the moon’s surface is from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere.
“The air molecules from Earth’s atmosphere scatter out most of the blue light. The remaining light reflects onto the moon’s surface with a red glow, making the moon appear red in the night sky,” according to NASA’s website. “The name “blood moon” is also sometimes used for a Moon that appears reddish because of dust, smoke or haze in the sky. And it can be one of the full moons of autumn when the leaves are turning red.”
Only those in or near the Pacific Rim will be able to see the eclipse’s totality at about 11:11 p.m.