Total Lunar Eclipse to occur next week
According to NASA, during the early hours of Wednesday, October 8, Texoma residents will experience a total lunar eclipse. This eclipse is going to be the second in a series of four lunar eclipses that will occur at approximately six month intervals. This is known as a tetrad.
The previous tetrad happened in 2003-04, and the next will occur in 2032-33. The final two total lunar eclipses of the current tetrad will happen next year on April 4 and September 28.
The total lunar eclipse of October 8 will take place between 5:25 am and 6:24 am, lasting for approximately 59 minutes.
Lunar eclipse occurs when earth gets in the way of the sun and the moon. When the earth gets in the middle of the two, its shadow falls on the moon, resulting in lunar eclipse.
The moon's orbit around the Earth is inclined by about 5 degrees, relative to Earth's orbit around the sun. This slight misalignment prevents an eclipse of the moon from happening every time there's a full moon.
However, eclipse can occur two times each year, six months apart, when the sun, moon and Earth align just right for an eclipse to occur. These are called our "eclipse seasons".
There are two eclipse seasons of 2014. The last lunar eclipse visible in Texoma occurred in April 2014, six months earlier. However, this upcoming total lunar eclipse will appear 5.3% larger than the one in April as the moon will be closer to earth.
Total eclipses of the moon are rare as there has to be a full moon the alignment of the sun, earth and moon should be perfect.
The moon turns into a beautiful shade of orange-red during a total lunar eclipse. It appears as if it's glowing like a hot ember pulled from a fire.
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