ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Think you’re a weather buff who knows their stuff? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!
What is another name for the full moon during a total lunar eclipse?
Did you guess correctly? Look below for the answer:
A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a “Blood Moon” because the moon often appears to turn a reddish color during the peak of the eclipse. The moon can also appear to be shades of orange, yellow, or brown.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the reason the moon appears to have a reddish glow is due to the Earth’s atmosphere.
While the Earth blocks the direct light from the sun during a lunar eclipse, some indirect sunlight will travel through the Earth’s atmosphere and onto the moon’s surface. Red wavelengths of sunlight will filter through our planet’s atmosphere, causing the reddish hue on the moon.