Good view of the lunar eclipse: “a little nibbled”

good view of the lunar eclipse: 'a little nibbled'

Even in the high altitudes of the low mountains, hobby astronomers had a clear view. The moon had a slightly grayish, blurred shadow on the upper left half, reported jost jahn of the sternfreunde association. The earth satellite had looked like "a bit nibbled". From 21.52 o’clock the moon moved a bit far into the shadow of the earth. At the maximum of the lunar eclipse at 22.07 o’clock it was eclipsed to just under two percent. Even with the naked eye the eclipse was visible.

"The moon was still quite low in our sky," said bjorn voss, director of the planetarium at the LWL museum of natural history in munster, germany. "If it stands higher, the chance is greater that it will shine through between the clouds."The astronomical event was interesting, but not really spectacular, said the astronomer.

In a partial lunar eclipse, the sun, earth and moon stand behind each other, but the moon only partially dips into the earth’s umbra. In a total lunar eclipse, on the other hand, it is completely obscured.

Over brandenburg, lower saxony and the northern half of saxony-anhalt, a cloud cover often blocked the view of the shadow play of the celestial bodies, said DWD meteorologist christian herold on friday. But the people there can in any case look forward to the next total lunar eclipse visible from germany on 28th. September 2015 hope.

The often impressive play of shadows has preoccupied people for centuries. In myths and legends, they attributed a higher meaning to the course of the heavenly bodies and tried to explain cosmic events. Chinese observers imagined that during an eclipse a celestial dragon devours the moon. The vikings feared the wolf hati, who chases the moon in the sky and catches it occasionally. With a lot of noise, they finally put hati to flight during eclipses.

With the agyptians it was the evil god seth, who stole the holy horus eye in the sky. The amazon indians explained the reddish-brown color of the so-called "blood moon" during a total eclipse with an arrow attack by a youthful archer. She makes the moon bleed until a shaman pulls out the arrow and heals the wound.

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