Here's How to Stream the Blood Moon

The moon is seen passing through the shadow of the earth as it

The moon will turn blood red in the shadow of the Earth on Friday night, treating most of the world to the longest lunar eclipse in a century. The entire eclipse, including the penumbral and partial phases, will take six hours and 14 minutes from start to finish. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

The moon will also be at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark. The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 23h 54m IST on July 27.

According to the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), the eclipse could be seen with or without a visual aid. That's due to last for 1 hour and 22 minutes.

Aside political events, changes in weather patterns including events in the atmosphere like eclipses have also been seen as signs of the end times. In 2003, Mars made its closest approach to Earth in almost 60,000 years!

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking out the sun's light and casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

Australians who looked skyward before sunrise were not left disappointed, as the moon glowed blood red for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century. Won't the sky be too bright for us to see all of this? This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between. This takes place every 26 months.

In another rare event, Mars will appear directly below the moon in the skyline tonight at near maximum brightness. Though the opposition of Mars is on July 27, it comes closest to us on July 31. The meteor shower is usually active between July 17 and August 24 and will peak on on the night of August 12 and early morning hours of August 13.

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It is to note that the eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts.

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes. Mars is also safe to view with the naked eye.

For thousands of years, man has looked to the heavens for omens of doom, victory and joy.

Solar and lunar eclipses follow each other.

In astronomy, each lunar eclipse is assigned a Saros cycle.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.

The Executive Director of TNSTC, Soundararajan Perumal said, "This time the moon will be at a distance of 4,60,000, so it's called micro moon as it will be slightly diminished".

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