Longest Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018

27 July, 2018, 10:29 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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Whether you are scrambling to pack for a holiday or swigging an ale in your local beer garden, take a moment on Friday evening to look up.

What: A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are perfectly aligned. For viewers across India, the eclipse, both partial and total, will be visible in its entirety from all parts of the country.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly.

The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa and the Middle East between sunset and midnight on July 27.

"While more common than the solar eclipse, the event is nonetheless fairly unusual, with even partial eclipses rarely happening a few times or twice per year and each is only visible from a portion of the Earth".

A total eclipse of the Moon will occur on Friday 27 July 2018.

Durbanites should hope for a cloudless Friday night for a clear view of the lunar eclipse.

Although it won't look almost as large as the blood moon, Mars will be its largest in size if you're looking through a telescope and close to its maximum brightness in our sky.

When the Earth passes in front of the moon, it rapidly causes its surface temperature to drop - causing lunar rocks to suddenly freeze and crack, releasing gas.

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Naturally a lack of cloud will help with seeing the eclipse at its best so we've taken a look at the weather forecast.

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The moon will be totally eclipsed for an estimated 1 hour and 43 minutes in the prime viewing region, according to NASA predictions.

Andrew Fabian is with the University of Cambridge. During the eclipse, the Earth will be moving directly between the Sun and the Moon.

A "blood moon" will be able to be seen in WA skies from about 3.30am on Saturday. During an eclipse, though the moon is in the Earth's shadow, some sunlight still reaches it after passing through the Earth's atmosphere.

Mesopotamians regarded the blood moon as an omen that the king would be attacked. In the second phase, the moon will reach the edge of the umbra at 2.43 am, effecting a partial lunar eclipse. "It's something that people have heard of before", she said.

Candid snaps over London on Thursday night showed the moon in shades of yellow, deepening into orange, by stargazers already enjoying the extremely rare event.

"The plane of orbit of the earth around the sun and the plane of orbit of the moon around the earth are very close to each other".

Such events only happened around every 17 years - and some brought us closer than others. The next time that record will be broken is in 2287.

Skygazers should watch out for the astronomical event because, scientists highlight that the next opposition of Mars and Sun will occur on 6 October 2020, but then the Red Planet will be farther away than it is now.

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