Mars Shows Off This Month Before Blood Moon Eclipse

Katie Ramirez
July 4, 2018

Those in United States can watch lunar eclipse for its full 1-hour, 43-minute reveal via a livestream provided by the Virtual Telescope Project.

"Viewers in India are lucky since the eclipse, both partial and the total will be entirely visible from all parts of the country", he was quoted as saying.

The reason this lunar eclipse will be a particularly long one is because the moon will be passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow, while the moon is at a particularly distant point from Earth in its monthly orbit.

Protective eyewear was recommended during the solar eclipse to protect people's eyes from the bright light of the sun. The totality, or when the earth's shadow covers the moon and creates complete darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.

Two partial solar eclipses will also take place on 12 July and 11 August 2018.

"After this period, the moon will remain partially eclipsed till 3:49 am of July 28. We will actually be able to see the total eclipse as the Moon is setting, and the Moon will set in total eclipse, which will be a real cool view", says Ian.

The solar eclipse will have minimum effect in India as it will be partially visible. It is only four minutes shorter than the the longest possible lunar eclipse to occur on earth, according to NASA.

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Skygazers will be seeing red this month as Mars reaches opposition with the Sun, offering Earth observers their closest view of the planet since 2003. The residents of planet Earth are going to witness yet another landmark event on July 27, 2018.

The Moon will turn a red or ruddy-brown color during the "blood moon eclipse", Space.com reports. "That is why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse", Mr Duari said.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the moon and the sun, causing the earth's shadow to cover the moon.

This was the reason a totally eclipsed Moon, at times, was called as Blood Moon.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that's closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit".

"Because it's the full moon, the Moon sets when the Sun rises".

Besides, folks in the Eastern Hemisphere-Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia-will likely be staring at the sky, anyway, hoping to catch a glimpse of the second total lunar eclipse of the year.

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