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Blood moon event dedicated to victims of Greece’s fires


An event being organised by the Cyprus Astronomical Society tomorrow night to observe the total lunar eclipse of the moon —  a phenomenon also known as ‘blood moon’ as the moon turn red — will be dedicated to the victims of Greece’s fires.

The  Astronomical Night will be held at the Tamasou and Orinis Bishopric at Epsikopio, organised by the Astronomical Society and Fakas Institute. It will be preceded by a memorial service where participants can also contribute to a collection which is underway.

The Earth’s penumbra  will start touching the moon’s face  at 20.13 on Friday with a partial eclipse on 21.24. The total eclipse will begin at 22.30 with the moon becoming completely red.

The maximum eclipse, when the moon is closest to the centre of the shadow will be at 23.21. The total eclipse will end at 00.13 on Saturday, the partial eclipse at 01.19 and the penumbral eclipse at 02.28.

At nearly two hours long, next week’s lunar eclipse will be the longest of the century.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth. When this happens, the Earth blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon. Instead of that sunlight hitting the moon’s surface, the Earth’s shadow falls on it.

Although the moon is in Earth’s shadow, some sunlight still reaches the moon. The sunlight passes through Earth’s atmosphere, which causes Earth’s atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light.

This makes the moon appear red.

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