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th (28)Blood moon’ total lunar eclipse leaves skywatchers spellbound: USA most fortunate. Several days after it being visible across the world, the total lunar eclipse and the blood moon is the  talk of the sky-watchers. This was the shortest lunar eclipse in the last hundred years and at its longest, the lunar eclipse lasted for merely 10 minutes.

Three days ago, on April 4 to be precise, the whole world witnessed lunar eclipse and some parts of the world were fortunate to enjoy a total lunar eclipse.Now, while analyzing the photos of the occasion, astronomers have been puzzled due to the it shows a highly variable and unique color pattern on the lunar surface, including shades of deep blood red, rusty orange, pale yellow, grayish blue and white. Some observers said the different colors created a stunning “rainbow” on the moon’s surface.

Those of you who didn’t have your eyes trained to the sky during Saturday’s lunar eclipse missed a chance to see what the celestial phenomenon called a ‘blood moon’ looks like. Well, the time lapse video below is ready to show you what it is and we bet you’ll be held spellbound too.As you’ll already know, a lunar eclipse can only take place on a full moon night and that too, when the Earth stands between the moon and the sun. It can be seen from any part of the world that’s under cover of night. On April 4, not only were sky-watchers treated to such a phenomenon, they were also given a rare glimpse of another interesting occurrence, as mentioned above.Because the Moon’s orbit is angled relative to the Earth’s orbit around the sun, lunar eclipses can only happen during what is known as eclipse seasons. Every six months, for about 34 days, the Moon aligns closely enough with the Sun and Earth for an eclipse to take place. The two points at which the plane of the Moon’s orbit crosses the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, or the ecliptic, are known as the lunar nodes.

At least two eclipses, lunar or solar, typically take place over the course of a year. The next eclipse season will hold both a partial solar eclipse, set to occur on Sept. 15, and the final total lunar eclipse of the ongoing tetrad, scheduled to take place on September 28. The final eclipse of the tetrad may also be a bit more accessible: the eclipse will last for over an hour and will be visible to Europe and Africa in addition to the Americas, parts of Asia and the Pacific.