Hoping for a glimpse of the second “blood” moon eclipse, Filipinos took time off on Wednesday evening, October 8, to see the rare occurrence when the moon turns red.
It happens when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth called the umbra, causing the sun’s red visible light to scatter.
It was the second in a sequence of four blood moons called a tetrad. The last red lunar eclipse was visible last April 15, and the next is expected to occur on April 4, 2015, and the last on September 28, 2015.
To record the rare event, many Filipino netizens posted photos of the blood-red moon in their social media accounts on Wednesday night. Others, others even went out of their way to visit the University of the Philippines (UP) Observatory in Diliman, Quezon City for a better view of the blood moon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) said that the eclipse started at 4:14 p.m. and ended at 9:35 p.m. The total eclipse ended at 7:24 p.m. as opposed to the partial eclipse, which lasted until 8:34 p.m.
The keyword “lunar eclipse” trended on Twitter even hours after the astronomical event.
This year is one of the rare years where multiple lunar eclipses are expected.