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'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

Earth's Obsession with its Neighbors A rare astronomical event concerning Mars and the Moon to lit the night
Derrick Tucker | 29 July, 2018, 18:14

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth. Friday's will be long, lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes.

If you're in a place where you won't be able to see the eclipse in person, there are still ways to watch it. Observers in Kerala and parts of Asia can witness the lunar eclipse of the longest duration for three hours, 54 minutes and 33 seconds from the time of partial eclipse begins when moon turns slightly red, he said. A lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon, casting a shadow over its satellite.

India is at the centre stage of the lunar eclipse.

On the night of Friday, July 27, the plane on which the moon orbits around the sun will align with the plane on which the Earth revolves around the sun.

The red color is a product of Earth's atmosphere, which scatters light from the sun and it is reflected onto the moon.

In addition to the lunar eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest since 2003 and be directly below the moon.

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Unlike a solar eclipse, both the eclipsed moon and Mars can be viewed safely without eye protection. It is believed that meteorites brought water to Earth during the early years of its formation, and it is possible that these same meteorites bounced off the surface of the Earth and landed on the moon, bringing with it water and microbes.

When the moon rises in the southeast at 8:44 pm the eclipse will have already started, and be in a partial phase. "The umbra eclipse where the shadow of the Earth falls on the moon and will be visible starts at 11.54 pm".

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon's orbit takes it into the shadow of the Earth.

But with cloudy skies across the Philippines forecast for the whole week and a southwest monsoon, weather forecasters are not optimistic Filipinos will get a good view of the eclipse.

This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July. The eclipse will also be visible in the region covering Australia, Asia, Russia - except the northern part, Africa, Europe, east of South America and Antarctica. The Delta Aquariids meteor shower will also be visible to an extent - the meteor shower will be at its peak on July 30, but even on July 27 (the day of the eclipse), the lack of light from moon will allow us to somewhat spot the meteors. According to Nasa, the moon often turns reddish during totality because the sunlight bending through earth's atmosphere during sunsets and sunrises are then reflected onto the moon. Dr Brown said: "The UK will be treated to a rare total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon".

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