The blood moon lunar eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

Most months we have a full moon without an eclipse. The totality of the lunar eclipse lasted about an hour and 43 minutes, but the partial eclipse before and after the total phase meant the moon spent almost four hours crossing the Earth's shadow.

After opposition, when Mars will be brightest, it will reach that closest point on July 31. The local planetarium set up telescopes for astrology fans.

"We have a rare and interesting conjunction of phenomena", Pascal Descamps, an astronomer with the Paris Observatory, said.

Unlike a solar eclipse - where the moon crosses in between the Earth and the sun - it is perfectly safe to look directly at the Blood Moon without sunglasses or protective eyewear.

During this eclipse, the Moon will pass through the central part of the Earth's umbral shadow.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also the blood moon.

Graphic Shows Visibility
This graphic shows the visibility of the

"Until today I thought Mars, Jupiter and the other planets were in the imagination of scientists", she said. However, bad weather thwarted the cosmic display in several parts of the world.

"The skies have cleared, there's no clouds and it's managed to give us an excellent view of the moon as it went slowly from fully lit orb to dusty coppery ball".

In Sydney, crowds gathered to watch the Moon turn red above the city's distinctive skyline. However, the layperson who might expect to see dramatic details of the surface of Mars is likely to be very disappointed.

A total lunar eclipse - the longest of the century - is now starting to become visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere.

This time, the earth's shadow completely devoured the moon, causing the night sky to be pitch black.

They were rewarded by the spectacular sight of the moon turned a unique blood colour by the longest eclipse this century. But the indirect sunlight is refracted by the earth's atmosphere. It The eclipse will start around 10.44pm and continue till 4.48am but it would be visible from 11.54pm-3.49am. The long duration of this eclipse was partly because the moon made a near-central passage through Earth's umbra-the darkest, most central part of the shadow. "So this is like the brightest you'll have seen Mars in the last 15 years or so". "Earth and the Red Planet were about 59 million kilometres apart in 1988, and they will be about 57.6 million kilometres apart on 27 July 2018", the director of the Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai, Arvind Paranjpye, wrote in an email to a leading media portal.

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