Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Supermoon.

The lunar tetrad or the fourth lunar eclipse of today will not be visible for the stargazers of Kerala and India but will be visible to the people of the Americas, Europe, Africa and parts of the middle east. The spectacle called the 'blood moon' as the moon appears red soon after the eclipse, thanks to the sun's rays reflected off the earth will, however, be visible.

This lunar eclipse is considered special because it occurs on a night when the moon will be a 'super moon'.

The Super Moon.

A full or a new moon that occurs closest to the fall equinox and where the moon is at its perigee or the closest approach to the earth. This results in the moon appearing up to 14% larger in diameter! 

Some other interesting information:-

      (a) In the lunar tetrad, the fourth lunar eclipse takes place tonight 27-28 Sep '15. The
           previous ones had taken place on:-

                 (i) the night of 14-15 Apr 2014.
                (ii) the night of 07-08 Oct 2014 and
               (iii) the night of 04-05 Apr 2015.

      (b) The last occurrence of a lunar eclipse followed by the super moon had taken
            place 33 years back.

      (c) In a span of 115 years, the phenomenon had occurred only four times.


A nice message sent to me on what'sapp by one of my friends which actually reflects the paradox that we live in.
                                                My head says, "who cares?" 
                                    but my heart whispers, "you do, stupid!"

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