The total lunar eclipse, which will take place during the night on Sunday into early Monday morning, will coincide with January’s full moon, with the Earth’s satellite being to its closest point to Earth.
This will offer a magnificent spectacle to those who can stay awake to admire this natural phenomenon.
The eclipse will begin at 4:36 AM Monday morning local time (0346 GMT) and should reach its maximum at 7:12 AM local time.
A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes directly behind the Earth and into our planet’s shadow. This can occur only when the sun, the Earth, and the moon are exactly or very closely aligned.
The last lunar eclipse took place on July 27, 2018, and the next one will happen on May 26, 2021, which will not be visible from Greece, however.
The next lunar eclipse visible from Greece will occur in more than five years, in February of 2024.
When the moon is totally eclipsed by the Earth, it takes on a reddish color that is caused by the planet when it completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon surface, as only the light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth’s atmosphere.
This light appears reddish due to the Rayleigh scattering of blue light, the same reason sunrise and sunsets are more orange than during the day.
Unlike a solar eclipse, which can only be viewed from a relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of Earth.
A total lunar eclipse can last up to nearly 2 hours, while a total solar eclipse lasts only up to a few minutes at any given place, because the Moon’s shadow is smaller.
Also unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions.