What’s better than summiting Kilimanjaro during a full moon?
Summiting Kilimanjaro during a “blood moon!”
Full moons are a popular time to make the summit attempt because the terrain is illuminated by the moon. The use of a headlamp is mostly unnecessary. Instead of looking at your boots for the long trek up, you can catch some views of the mountain’s features.
A full moon is usually completely visible from certain parts of the Earth because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the sun. The sun’s rays brighten up the moon. However, on occasion the Earth is positioned between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s light from reaching the moon. When only part of the moon has a shadow, it is known as a partial eclipse.
What Is a Blood Moon?
A “blood moon” occurs when Earth’s moon is in full eclipse – meaning the moon is completely in the shadow of the Earth. When a total lunar eclipse happens, the moon appears with a reddish tint. This is a result of some light from the Earth’s atmosphere reaching the surface of the moon indirectly. But because the light waves are stretched out, they have a reddish glow.
The Earth is unique in that it is large enough to block the sun completely. In fact, Earth is the only planet in the solar system that experiences lunar eclipses. According to NASA, there are approximately two to four lunar eclipses every year, with each one being visible from about half the Earth. And because the moon is drifting away from our planet a little bit each year, we will not be able to see lunar eclipses forever.
The lunar eclipse will occur at 11:21 PM Tanzanian time on July 27th. We have three group climbs operating at this time:
- 9 day Northern Circuit: July 19, 2018 to July 29, 2018
- 8 day Lemosho Route: July 20, 2018 to July 29, 2018
- 8 day Lemosho Route: July 21, 2018 to July 30, 2018
Don’t miss your chance to see the “blood moon” while climbing Kilimanjaro.