Red planet, blood moon pair up to dazzle skygazers

На Луне могла быть жизнь

On Friday night this week, one look at the sky will reveal the longest lunar eclipse of this century, a deep red blood moon. While this period is for the total lunar eclipse 2018, the duration of the eclipse - including the partial phases - will be over 6 hours.

That's different to a solar eclipse, when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun, blocking the Sun's light and turning it dark.

Get ready for the century's longest total lunar eclipse on Friday night!

It will also be visible from elsewhere in Africa and Asia and parts of Europe, although no one in North America will be able to see it because the continent will still be in daylight when it happens. Colours at the blue end of the spectrum - like violet, blue and green, get scattered by earth's atmosphere while the longer wavelength, red end of the spectrum gets directed on to the surface of the moon.

The eclipse will coincide with Mars' closest approach to Earth in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on July 28, astronomers say. "The lunar eclipses occur around middle of the Hijri months, while solar eclipses occur before the first of the Hijri months".

The partial eclipse will resume immediately afterward, as the moon passes out of Earth's shadow, and the whole event will be over at 23:28 UT (early on July 28, depending on where you live).

But the total lunar eclipse will happen at 3:30 a.m. and will peak at 4:21 a.m., also known as the "maximum eclipse", or when the moon is closest to the center of the shadow, according to Raymundo. However, each lunar Eclipse can be observed from more than half of the globe. It will signal the opposite of the well-known "supermoon" - a relatively tiny-looking moon called a "micromoon".

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When and where one could see the lunar eclipse on July 27?

The longest total lunar eclipse is set to dazzle most of the world, except the US.

The scientific duo supports their theory with the results of recent space missions and analyzes of samples of lunar rocks and soils that show that the Moon is not as dry as scientists long thought. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions".

A blood red moon lights up the sky during a total lunar eclipse seen from Auckland in 2015.

So there is no risk to damage your eyes with the direct sun rays.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star, and viewers will need no protective eye gear. The other regions that share this cosmic treat are the Middle East, parts of Russian Federation and Kazakhstan, and the eastern half of Africa, but at least part of the eclipse can be seen from nearly everywhere in the world except North America.

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