Since ancient times, eclipses have been related to emotional changes, so brace yourself for this Fridays lunar eclipse that will be visible in five continents and last one hour and 43 minutes.
Yes, astrologers all around the world are pretty excited for the energy and the consequences that this Friday's lunar eclipse may produce in each one of us. In ancient times, eclipses were considered prophecies that announced death, war or famine. In contrast, in our time, there is a fascination towards eclipses and astrology since these are interpreted from the standpoint of the lunation cycle, which means that the moon, the one that is in charge of the way we experience and behave in matters of feelings, will influence the way we act and think on that weekend (careful what you wish for, careful who you are with). So, if you are feeling emotionally dizzy, blame it on the Blood Moon.
Nighttime on July 27th will end with the longest lunar eclipse of the twenty-first century. Not only that, the event might also offer a Blood Moon and such has been the excitement for this unique moonlight by astronomers, astrologers and people: expectations to record and study this kind of event, to comprehend the connection between human and natural behavior in relation to the energy produced by the eclipse, or just to enjoy the view and, why not, Instagram it. Still, NASA was rather eager to go and hold everybody’s horses, for it will only be perceived in some countries in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
This year’s eclipse is anything but expected, if we consider that the eclipses our generations have witnessed have lingered for just a few minutes (3 minutes on average, like the eclipse in February 2017 that was visible for only eight minutes). The spectacle of this Friday is foreseen to reach its peak performance for one hour and 43 minutes. Yet, it will take around 4 hours for the eclipse to happen since it has to come from within the shadows and go back to its standard moonlight.
Even though we might not have the chance to witness such a phenomenon in this hemisphere of the world (with a telescope, if we are lucky enough), let's not lose hope because there is a possibility for North America to have its own visible eclipse on January 21st, 2019. Besides, the fact that we won't be able to see it does not mean we will not be able to feel it.
Why the longest, though?
Seasons affect eclipses: the closer or farther the orbit of the Earth is to the Sun, the lighter or darker the Earth's shadow on the Moon will be. So, regarding this Blood Moon, our planet will locate itself in the farthest spot in the orbit, so its shadow will take longer to fade away, since the Moon will pass right by the central part of the Earth’s umbra.
Okay, but, what about the red color?
It has nothing to do with the apocalypse nor sacrificial innuendos for sure (though it can impact on your Zodiac sign as astrologers have stated). The redness is the result of the sun’s light wavelength. Ray lights with a broader wavelength, which are the reddest parts of the sun, are the ones that produce that kind of color on the moon: the wider the ray, the redder the light.
So, just like the Moon, there is a possibility that Mars might lighten red as well. It has been fifteen years since this planet got closer to the Earth, which means Mars will light ten times brighter. Basically, Mars, as a daring as it is, did not want to feel uncelebrated and felt the need to steal the Moon’s thunder. If you feel obnoxiously indecisive, do not blame it on the squad because it is all on Mars. Rude!