Why is the moon red tonight

Why is the space moon sometimes red (especially in summer)?

It is not red, it is because of the atmosphere that we see this color. When the Moon is very low on the horizon—a phenomenon that occurs mostly in mid-summer—its rays pass through the atmosphere in greater detail, which absorbs more blue radiation.

So the light that reaches us is mainly composed of red waves, which are longer and are able to penetrate the air, even if it is “thick”. Thus the dominant color is red.

Just like with the setting sun when it is low on the horizon, which looks like a ball of fire to us.

Red in the evening?

But as romantic as it may sound, a red moon is not a good sign for our planet.

Scattered polluting particles in the atmosphere, in fact, enhance the absorption of blue-green waves, making the Moon appear redder than usual to us. And it’s more noticeable in the summer, as pollutants have a greater effect.

Here comes the flowering superluna. and its color will be blood-red.

Earth and its satellite will be at shortest distance tonight. The disc will appear 7% larger and 15% brighter than normal. The eclipse will also be visible in Asia and America. Direct web to National Institute of Astrophysics website
May 26, 2021

The Earth and the Moon are at the perigee, that is, at their minimum distance. We’ll be able to observe the spectacle of a superluna: a full disk, slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Those who live near the ocean will have particularly high tides. And residents of Australia, Southeast Asia and the western US will also witness the spectacle of a total eclipse, which will now happen for the first time in two years.

The Moon will fall into the Earth’s shadow and become as red as the light at sunset. That’s why we talk of “Blood Moon”.

Tonight’s Spectacle of the Pink Superlunary

April 27, 2021

Everything is scheduled for today, May 26. The best place to see the eclipse is in Hawaii.

But we’ll also be able to assist you on the other side of the planet from 9:30 p.m. via the INAF (National Institute of Astrophysics) website, with Samantha Cristoforetti expected among guests, or ESA (European Space Agency), in between Guest others.

The actual eclipse will last only 15 minutes, but in Earth’s shadow it will touch the satellite for about 5 hours. The live broadcast of the ESA eclipse will begin at 11.30 am on Wednesday.

Today’s Superluna is baptized “of the flowers,” because it falls at the height of spring.

Overall, therefore, we can call it the “Flower Blood Supermoon”. It will still be slightly larger than last April 26’s supermoon:

Meanwhile, Earth and the satellites have come a little closer and the lunar disk will appear 7% larger and 15% brighter than a normal full moon. Instead, it will be 14% wider and 30% brighter than the apogee full moon (the point of maximum distance).

However, the difference will hardly be noticeable to the naked eye, especially when the Moon is high in the sky (when it is on the horizon, the satellite always seems larger due to an optical illusion) and in cities with a lot of light pollution.

Although close, the Earth and Moon remain 357,000 kilometers apart. The difference between today and the superluna at the end of April is just 155 kilometers. At its maximum distance, the satellite will be 406,000 km away from us.

Mythological aspect of red Moon

“The red moon is a sign from God”, so cataclysmic wrongs between science and superstition
by Giovanni Gagliardi.

Phases of the lunar eclipse (Reuters)

The only total eclipse of 2019 is expected on the morning of January 21. And there are those who reinterpret ancient myths in a modern key, even though the Romans have already dismantled popular beliefs.

18 January 2019
published more than a year ago

“The sun will become darkness and the moon blood before the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.”

The disturbing words of the biblical prophet Joel resonate in time at each eclipse of the Moon, as one looked forward to the morning of January 21, when a super red moon would appear in the sky, just before dawn, on the horizon. , because a total eclipse that will remain the only one out of all 2019.

Despite scientific tests and replications, notably without the “end of the world” events that have occurred over the millennia, this spectacular event continues to feed on fantasies, myths and legends, not to mention suggestions of sailing or singing.

The “Red Moon”, or “Blood Moon”, still seems shrouded in mystery and eclipses are often associated with adverse effects on people’s lives.

The Assyrians and Babylonians played and sang the “holy tympanum” during the eclipse of the moon.

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