Those of us living on the east coast of China will be able to see a lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon” later tonight.
According to timeanddate, the event will begin at around 5 p.m. and reach totality at 8 p.m. this evening.
Unfortunately the recent spate of bad weather may obstruct any moon gazing you might have planned. In Shanghai it is forecast to be overcast and cloudy all evening.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes within the Earth’s shadow. As the eclipse begins, the moon will begin to darken before the shadow fully engulfs the moon, turning it a dark red-brown color.
Fun Fact: During the Zhou Dynasty, the sight of a red moon engulfed in darkness was taken as a foreshadowing of famine or disease.
By Dominic Jackson