400. Lunar eclipse 2018

lunar eclipse 2018

Total lunar eclipses are  sometimes called Bluemoons because of the reddish orange glow of the moon takes on during the eclipse.  A total lunar eclipse occured on January 31, 2018.  The moon was near its perigee on January 30 and so may be described as a  Supermoon.  It is a second fullmoon in the calender month of 2018. Lunar eclipse 2018 was more special because for the first time in 152 years, a supermoon (when the moon is unusually closer to earth), a blue moon (a second full moon in a calendar month) and a blood moon (a moment during an eclipse when the moon turns red)  coincides.

On that day, a total eclipse of the Moon was visible from eastern Europe, eastern Africa, Asia,   Australia, the Pacific Ocean and North America. During this lunar eclipse, the full Moon  passed through the Earth’s shadow (or umbra) lasting around 5 hours and 10 minutes from beginning to end. The Moon  slowly turned from its familiar pearly white color to a reddish colour then back to its original colour all over a period of around five hours.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) broadcasted live images of the Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 phenomena, on NASA TV. The moon  not only appeared red in colour, but was slightly bigger and brighter than usual during the eclipse.

It is believed that eating foods during the lunar eclipse may have harmful effects on the body. One must have light foods that are easy to digest. On this day, our body has a cooling effect, which in turn makes our digestive system slow and produces lesser digestive juices. So,  it is  recommended that we shouldn’t be eating too many heavy foods. Moon is water and our body has 72 percent water; which means the change in the moon will also bring a change in the brain and body. During this day, people go through emotional changes too. We must practice meditation and deep breathing exercises to ensure the day goes by easily.



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