The entire world is talking about the phenomenal, much awaited and the longest Lunar Eclipse in the history. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into the shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between. Hence, a lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon. The type and length of an eclipse depend on the Moon’s proximity to either node of its orbit.
During a total lunar eclipse, Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does: the Rayleigh scattering of bluer light. Due to this reddish color, a totally eclipsed Moon is sometimes called a Blood Moon.
The Blood Moon on Friday, July 26th, 2018 was mostly visited in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America. The historical event took place at midnight around 11:30pm and continued until 3:20pm in the UAE. Eclipse brings myths and superstitions along with it.
A popular Blood Moon superstition claims the eclipse is a time heightened esoteric powers when demons and other monsters roam the world freely.
Many long-lost cultures, such as the Inca in modern-day Columbia, associated lunar eclipses with myths of a jaguar brutally attacking and devouring the moon.
Many Christian doomsday preachers have also linked the Blood Moon eclipse to Biblical passages about the end of the world and the second coming of Christ.
In India, people believe that the food in the household spoils during the eclipse due to the rapidly growing bacteria in milk, oil, water etc. People are advised to put basil leaves in all liquids present in the house to avoid it. The pregnant women especially are warned against eating or carrying out household work in order to protect their unborn child.
During an eclipse, the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in one straight line for some time. As a result, the combined magnetic force is strongest and its increased impact can be seen easily by the high tides produced in the ocean.
During an eclipse, it has been customary in the ancient times to meditate deeply as the increased biomagnetism in the body caused by the increased celestial magnetic field makes it very conducive to achieve best results from a deep meditation. And deep meditation requires one to have an empty stomach during meditation so that one can get a really deep sensation going down to Beta or Theta levels.
The eclipse is a magical celestial event, romantic for lovers, mindful for spirituals, astronomical for scientists etc. Let’s see some of the best Instagram pictures for this historical event: Here are 10 best pictures taken around the world on Lunar Eclipse;