Lunar Eclipse: Moon Turns Blood Red (Video)

A total lunar eclipse will occur and will be visible in the Philippines on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, state weather bureau PAGASA reported.

According to scientists, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays from striking the Moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle.

Experts say the moon usually turns brown during a lunar eclipse, but on Wednesday it is expected to turn blood red due to the amount of ash in the Earth's atmosphere, which is indicative of air pollution.

Here are some great shots of the blood moon taken by Dave Watkinson three years ago.

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Philippines

Aside from the Philippines, the total eclipse of the Moon will be seen from other parts of Asia, the Americas and Australasia. The entire event will begin at 4:14 p.m. and will end at 9:35 p.m., Philippine Standard Time (PST).

PAGASA said the Moon will rise in Manila at 5:34 p.m. on October 8 and will set at 6:16 a.m. October 9.

Major phases of the eclipse:

  • Penumbral eclipse begins 4:14 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse begins 5:14 p.m.
  • Total Eclipse begins 6:25 p.m.
  • Greatest eclipse 6:54 p.m.
  • Total Eclipse ends 7:24 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse ends 8:34 p.m.
  • Penumbral eclipse ends 9:35 p.m.
A lunar eclipse, the bureau noted, is safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the Moon brighter, PAGASA added.

Bookmark and browse this page later. We might embed a live streaming video of the lunar eclipse (blood moon) in the Philippines.