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Mar 21, 2024

Lunar Eclipse 2024: Fascinating facts students should know

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First Lunar Eclipse of 2024

The first lunar eclipse of 2024 is set to clash with the day of Holi. The total lunar eclipse will occur on March 25.

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Things to know about lunar eclipses

Here are 6 things every student must know about lunar eclipses.

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The red moon

During a lunar eclipse, Earth's atmosphere scatters the blue light, leaving the Moon bathed in a reddish glow. This is known as the red moon or the blood moon.

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There are three types of lunar eclipses - total eclipse, partial eclipse and penumbral eclipse.

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Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are almost always visible from all parts of the Earth where the moon is above the horizon.

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While solar eclipses require special gear to view, lunar eclipses are safe and can be viewed with the naked eye.

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Lunar eclipses usually occur at least 2-3 times a year. However, total eclipses are rare, coming once every two years on an average.

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Value in science

Lunar eclipses are not just beautiful to look at, they also add scientific value. Researchers use the opportunities to study atmospheric composition.

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