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What makes the eclipsed moon turn red? The answer lies inside Earth's shadow:
Our planet casts a long shadow. It starts on the ground--Step outside at night. You're in Earth's shadow. Think about it!--and it stretches almost a million miles into space, far enough to reach the moon.
Suppose you had a personal spaceship. Here's your mission: Tonight, at midnight, blast off and fly down the middle of Earth's shadow. Keep going until you're about 200,000 miles above Earth, almost to the moon. Now turn around and look down. The view from your cockpit window is Earth's nightside, the dark half of our planet opposite the sun. But it's not completely dark! All around Earth's limb, the atmosphere glows red.
What you're seeing is every sunrise and sunset on Earth--all at once. This ring of light shines into Earth's shadow, breaking the utter darkness you might expect to find there. Turn off the cockpit lights. There's a lovely red glow.
Originally posted by nerbot
reply to post by gimme_some_truth
Thanks for the pics.
I can understand someones reasons for believing the moon is red because of atmospheric effects etc. It's also made of cheeeeeese!
Rev 6:12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
Originally posted by For(Home)Country
...So, say this theory is true, of the atmosphere altering the moons colour appearance here on earth, technically, if the earth's atmosphere was altered or stripped (magnetic core stop working), the moon would appear red to us (if we were still alive).
Interesting? I dunno, I thought so but there are many ways that the moon could turn red.