Earth’s moon, also known as Luna has been earth’s poodle for billions of years, sailing around it endlessly. While taking the cruise, this buddy aligns with earth’s shadow sometimes which gives it a reddish look, which is widely famous as the lunar eclipse. So, what really is the lunar eclipse?
In brief, as the moon enters the earth’s shadow, it appears to darken and reddish. Which is known as a lunar eclipse? There is two cone-shaped shadow that the earth generates. Umbra, the darkest central shadow of earth and penumbra, the diffused shadow of the earth. Lunar eclipses take place only during full moon phases, while both the sun and moon are at opposite sides of the earth. There are three types of lunar eclipses Penumbral, Partial and Total.
The moon is positioned in the penumbra of the earth during the Penumbral eclipse. This eclipse is very hard to see with naked eyes. As the darkening of the moon is comparatively similar to the usual moon. Approximately 35% of lunar eclipses are of Penumbral.
The Partial eclipse is easy to detect, as the eclipse occurs when a portion of the moon touches the umbra of the earth. Which is why it is detectable without a telescope. And at the last stage, the moon appears reddish.
And here comes the Total eclipse, it takes place as the moon is only in the earth’s umbra, the moon appears vigorously bright lasting for around 100 minutes. 35 percent of eclipses are of Total.
So, how does lunar eclipse affect the humans and others?
Well, though it’s not fully confirmed researchers say that variceal hemorrhage, cardiovascular and coronary events, diarrhea etc. increases. Admits are correlated to the moon phases. Also, don’t eat anything during a lunar eclipse, your food’s quality might get compromised.
Lunar eclipse also gives a boost to the growth of mosquitoes. The density of some mosquitoes increase at lunar eclipse and then decreases when the full moon is exposed. The lunar eclipse has a greater effect on the production of fishes, involving the hypothalamus-pituitary-variations in melatonin and corticosterone of birds.