Total Eclipse of the moon occurs Wednesday

LAGOS—Sky watchers and observers of the lunar system will
notice an extremely rare cosmic sight on Wednesday,
October 8, when a total lunar eclipse is expected to occur in
different parts of the World.
The total eclipse of the moon will result in a clash
simultaneous rising of the sun in what scientists have called
“selenelion,” a phenomenon that celestial geometry says
cannot happen.
During the lunar eclipse, the sun and moon will be exactly
180 degrees apart in the sky. In a perfect alignment like this
(called a “syzygy”), such an observation would seem
The images of both the sun and moon are expected to be
lifted above the horizon by atmospheric refraction. This will
allow people on Earth to see the sun for several extra
minutes before it actually has risen and the moon for
several extra minutes after it has actually set.
As a consequence of this atmospheric trick, watchers in
different locations will have a chance to observe this
unusual sight firsthand, with the possibility of
simultaneously seeing the sun rising in the east while the
eclipsed full moon is setting in the west.


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