Century’s longest lunar eclipse got everyone excited in Delhi last night. Many had prepped up their binoculars and cameras, set their alarms for 1 am, and were ready to witness the ‘Blood Moon’, a total lunar eclipse when moon gives a reddish tint. Elaborate preparations were made in Nehru Planetarium as well to let the sky gazers enjoy this rare celestial event. Cloudy sky, however, played a spoilsport and Delhi missed its date with the “blushing moon”. Twitter users, who were initially posting messages like “excited”, “can’t wait”, were quick to get disappointed as an overcast sky ruined their plans to catch the glimpse of “red moon”.
Date With Blood Moon
Users expressed regret on Twitter with messages, “No moon, only clouds”, “Me and my bro were out with DSLR to take shots of lunar eclipse but not visible in Delhi,” and “The biggest lunar eclipse of our lifetime and we are missing it because of cloud cover!”
Emotions Ride High On Twitter
But some were able to see the silver ling and were happy catching it online: “It’s a cloudy weather out here in Delhi and still I can watch longest lunar eclipse of the century, sitting inside my room. Thanks to science and our hard working scientists! #LunarEclipse #BloodMoon”
As it rose, during this total eclipse, Earth’s natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown.
The “totality” period, where light from the Moon was totally obscured, lasted for one hour, 43 minutes.
At least part of the eclipse was visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America.
The Moon passed right through the centre of the Earth’s shadow, at the shadow’s widest point.
It coincided not only with Mars’s close approach, but with what he described as a “procession of planets” – a line-up of our celestial neighbours that gave skywatchers a particularly good view of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
Where skies were free of cloud, the spectacle was visible almost everywhere around the world, with the exception of North America. The eclipse had already started by the time the Moon rose over the UK and Western Europe.