This lunar eclipse illustration demonstrates planetary bodies lined up as the moon changes color. Earth obstructs direct sunlight causing the moon to appear reddish. Read more Eclipse of the Moon Information below.
The Biplane image diagrams parts of a Biplane with callouts. Tap to play the Biplane game.
Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. (Quote from Wikipedia)
Eclipse of the Moon Information
A total eclipse of the moon occurs when the earth prevents direct sunlight from reaching the moon. When the earth blocks direct sunlight, indirect sunlight filters and refracts through the earth's atmosphere. Gases around the earth remove the blue color from light, often providing a beautiful orange red glow to the moon.
Sequence of Events
As the planets begin to line up and sunlight gradually decreases on the moon, the moon darkens. A lunar eclipse displays a red moon, when the earth, moon, and sun line up. At that time the earth blocks the light of the sun, and reflected light colors the moon. The moon rotates away from the earth, and becomes darker as the sun's rays are slightly blocked. Eventually the moon receives direct light from the sun again.
Four consecutive total lunar eclipses happened April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.
Distance and scale were greatly modified for easier viewing.
The graphic was created with 3ds Max fire effect for the sun. The moon's texture map was modified from an original photograph at NASA images.