This particular set of photographs captures the Beaver Blood Moon lunar eclipse. The moon moved into the shadows of Earth, receiving only light filtered by Earth’s atmosphere, causing the red color.
In November 2022, the world experienced the last lunar eclipse for the next two years and four months. According to NASA, the next lunar eclipse will occur in March 2025. Nasa explains there are two types of eclipses: lunar and solar. “During a lunar eclipse, Earth’s shadow obscures the Moon,” unlike a solar eclipse where the moon fully blocks the sun from view.
Lunar eclipses, Nasa continues, happen during the full moon phase. Sometimes the earth’s shadow causes the moon to appear red, known as the blood moon. Individuals all over Earth can see the phases of the moon at the same time. The phases can also be accurately predicted.
For example, the next new moon will take place on December 23, 2022. Almanac provides a moon calendar and says the new moon represents the start of the new lunar cycle. During the new moon phase, the sun and moon are closest together in the sky and on the same side of earth. During this phase, the moon appears totally dark and may not even be visible.
This particular set of photographs captures the Beaver Blood Moon lunar eclipse. The moon moved into the shadows of Earth, receiving only light filtered by Earth’s atmosphere, causing the red color. This particular blood moon remained visible for over 80 minutes in North America, some areas of South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
According to History, there are many cultural, spiritual, and superstitious beliefs that exist about the moon. Some of those beliefs include the assertion that the moon’s phases affect moods, mania, fertility and childbirths. More outlandish claims include that the moon is actually the shell of an alien spacecraft. Both Buddhist and Native American folklore speak of a rabbit that lives on the moon.
All photos courtesy of Nubia Beatriz Rivas Alvarenga.
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