The Science Behind July 27th's Blood Moon

The Science Behind July 27th's Blood Moon

Everything you need to know to understand why the moon turned red for one night.

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People all over the world stepped outside for a few moments on the night of July 27th hoping to catch a glimpse of the "Blood Moon," the longest lunar eclipse that will occur in this century. Although it was only visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes, the moon spent a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes in Earth's shadow, giving it a red hue as it moved across the sky.

Similar to its appearance, the cause of this change in color is quite elegant. "It's called a blood moon because the light from the sun goes through the earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon, and the earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down it goes red," says Andrew Fabian, an astronomy professor at the University of Cambridge.

In fact, when the sun's light passes through Earth's atmosphere, every color is emitted from our planet. The sun's projection of white light (light containing fragments of every visible color) is dissipated by Earth on its way to the moon and sent back out into space. However, the long wavelengths of the red light cause it to be "bent" and ultimately directed straight back towards the moon. This is also why the moon may have appeared to have an orange or yellow tint to some, as these colors are close to red on the spectrum.

Although there will be about 230 lunar eclipses (the passing of the moon behind the Earth) throughout the twenty-first century, the one that occurred on July 27th, 2018 will be the longest and most visible. This is because due to the moon's tilted orbit, it will spend the most time in the Umbra (Earth's shadow) on this night.

Even the chemists at NASA can jump for joy when the blood moon comes out of hiding, as the lack of sunlight directed at the moon causes the rocks on the surface to freeze and crack, ultimately releasing gas and providing scientists with new data for further research. As hotspots for modern cosmic exploration, blood moons continue to provide us with new information to help us better understand celestial phenomena.

Despite the fact that we will not get to experience the full blood moon again until the year 2132, the awe-inspiring photos and sense of unity from the night of July 27th are truly a gift.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.
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There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"


5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"


7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"


11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"


13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."


17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."


28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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5 Bizarre Animals You've Never Seen In Nature

Strange and amazing animals that you have probably never heard of. Nature is truly full of surprises!

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Bright Side has prepared for you a selection of strange animals that you have probably never heard of, let alone, ever met. And at the end, you'll find a bonus that will blow your mind.

1. Mangalitsa Pig, aka a pig in sheep's clothing

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The birthplace of this curly-haired pig is Hungary, where it was discovered in the mid 19th century. Due to the fleece covering this animal, it resembles a sheep, therefore its name. The fleece can be black or red, but these cuties are most commonly blond. This is the last pig in existence to boast such an amazing winter coat. Tragically, it was nearly extinct by the 1990s, when fewer than 200 pigs could be found in Hungary, all because of their extraordinarily tasty lard. Thankfully, nowadays, the future of Mangalitsa looks much brighter!

2. Rhinopithecus, or Golden snub-nosed monkey

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The name of this species is roxellana, and there is a story behind it. It is believed that they were called this way after the supposedly snub-nosed courtesan of Suleiman the Magnificent, a 16th century Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Another interesting thing is the difference between male and female monkeys, with males being twice heavier than females and of a different colour. Girls have darker, or even black tones on their forehead and upper parts. Infants have such a light coat, it may seem white in the sunlight.

3. Emperor Tamarin


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This guy looks like a real emperor, or at least a wise old man, with its fabulous mustache. And indeed, they were called like this because of the resemblance of their mustache to that of German Emperor Wilhelm II. The size of this cute little thing is only about 10 inches or 26 centimetres, but their tail can be up to 16 inches, or 40 centimeters long.

They live in groups of between 4 to 20 animals, and often give birth to twins. They are not completely vegetarian. Besides flowers, nectar and fruit, tamarins can feast on frogs, snails, and even small birds.

4. Patagonian Mara

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If you are wondering if this animal is a cross between a kangaroo and a hare, think again. Patagonian Mara is the fourth largest rodent on our planet. There are several interesting facts about them. Females often put offsprings into creches for safety.

Males help to guard their babies. They grunt when they try to threaten and also they squeal like guinea pigs. If you startle them, these animals can leap up to 6 feet or 182 centimetres in the air. What's your record jump? As for their character, well, they can be quite flighty.

5. Fluffy Cow

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In fact, there are several secrets surrounding these big plush toys. First of all, it's not a new breed. All these lovely cows belong to the breeds already known. The thing is, they are looked after by special people, whose work it is to wash, dry and use the product to style the animals so they look as fluffy as they do.

What is more, it is necessary to maintain them daily, and it will take months of regular grooming till they get this lovely look of kids' toys. It is done mostly for shows, and it typically takes about two hours to bring them into form before a performance. Hair sprays are used to fix their fuzz, and natural oils are applied to make their fur look shiny.

How much time do you spend in front of the mirror?

And do you believe it? Neither do we.

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