JUL 27, 2018 6:13 PM PDT

Ever Wonder Why the Moon Turns Red During A Lunar Eclipse?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Lunar eclipses can be fun to observe, but have you ever wondered why the Moon turns red during the event?

As it turns out, this red Moon phenomenon, also known as a ‘Blood Moon,’ transpires because of the way sunlight is scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere when the Moon enters Earth’s shadow.

This effect, known as Rayleigh Scattering, is the same effect that makes sunrises and sunsets appear red when we view them from the ground.

The unusual colors we observe during a Blood Moon last for approximately 100 minutes before returning to normal, and it’s entirely ordinary for this to happen.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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