People in Europe will have a chance to see a total lunar eclipse on the night of September 27–28. The eclipse is visible from much of the world, but times will vary depending on location and time zone.
In Prague, if the night sky is not cloudy, the eclipse can be seen starting at 3.07am on the morning of September 28 and reach its peak at 4.47am. The end is at 6.27am and the sun will rise a half hour later in the opposite side of the sky.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth and sun line up so that the Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the moon. The moon does not turn completely black, though. It turns red due to light that filters through the Earth’s atmosphere, and the red light is bent toward the moon.
The red effect is sometimes called “blood on the moon” and historically has been seen as a bad omen by the superstitious.
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(“Blood moon” eclipse in Sierra Nevada, California, in April 2014. Photo: Doug Jones/flickr.com)