Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse
The Local · 15 Jun 2011, 09:36
Published: 15 Jun 2011 09:36 GMT+02:00
The Moon will seem red and shimmering when it rises at around 9 pm, before it starts to disappear in the shadow created by the Earth which will be directly between the Sun and Moon. The so-called totality will occur between 9:22 pm and 11:03 pm.
The initial phenomenon – often described as a blood moon – is created by the long-wave light reaching it from the sun having passed through the earth’s atmosphere before reaching the Moon.
Usually even when there is a red-coloured moon, it passes above or below the earth’s shadow. The confluence of full moon and eclipse as well as reasonable weather for sky-watching in much of Germany should grant millions a night-time spectacle.
Experts say people wishing to see the total eclipse should seek out a southwest facing spot as high up as possible.