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TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - 28 September 2015 


What made this Total Lunar Eclipse so special was three reasons combined - and I need to note here that not one of those reasons are related to any cataclysmic events, religious prophesies, or superstitions and neither does it hold any direct or indirect threat to mankind!

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The three reasons why the Total Lunar Eclipse is so out of the ordinary are:

a)     The Moon was on its closest to the Earth, in astronomical terms it is called perigee - when the Moon is closest in its orbit around the Earth;

b)    It was Full Moon, meaning that the Moon's disc is 100% lit by the Sun and fully visible from Earth and with the Moon at perigee it also appears larger than other times when it's Full Moon; and

c)  Lastly, it was a Total Lunar Eclipse, which can only occur when there is a Full Moon. This is an occurrence when the Moon, Earth and Sun are aligned in that order and the Moon then passes through the Earth shadow, shining a deep orange/red.


For centuries Lunar Eclipses have been thought to hold some mystical power, and occurrences such as this past Total Lunar Eclipse, often tend to spark humans' imaginations into the most bizarre and superstitious.  However, fact of the matter is that there is no truth in these "mystic urban legends" of Full Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse - or as often referred to as "Blood Moon", a term I believe coined purely to invoke sensationalism - and in some instances panic.


It is random, a true coincidence that the above three factors combined to give us a show of magnificence for all to enjoy the splendour of our Solar System and Universe.



Eclipses happen only during the new moon phase, when the moon moves to the side of Earth facing the sun. However, because the moon orbits Earth at a slight angle, the three bodies will only periodically line up on the same plane to create an eclipse.







Aldebaran south of the Moon


Venus south of Regulus

Regulus north of the Moon

Venus north of the Moon

Mercury stationary


Mars north of the Moon

Jupiter north of the Moon


Mercury north of the Moon

Moon at apogee


Uranus at opposition


Spica south of the Moon


Mercury greatest elongation

Saturn south of the Moon


Mars north of Jupiter


Moon southern most declination


Pluto south of the Moon


Neptune south of the Moon


Venus south of Jupiter


Venus greatest elongation

Uranus north of the Moon

Moon at perigee


Mercury north of Spica

Aldebaran south of the Moon


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