Mars will NOT look as large as the moon tonight

28 July, 2018, 05:30 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • A blood moon will appear in the night sky around much of the world on Friday night

Also Read: Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century to Occur on July 27 The upcoming lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) on 27-28 July 2018 will be the longest eclipse of the 21st century.

Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere are best-placed to witness the rare sight, especially in southern Africa, Australia, South Asia and Madagascar, though it will also be partly visible in Europe and South America.

The total eclipse lasts 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours.

Unfortunately for us here in MI, this eclipse will only be visible in the Southern Hemisphere. It will be at opposition, which means that it's at the opposite side of the Sun to the Earth. This will make the moon appear smaller than regular, and much smaller than it looks during the Super Moon (when the moon is at the closest point in its orbit from the Earth).

"We have about a couple of hundred people that are booked in to come and watch it with us".

"It's called a blood moon because the light from the sun goes through the earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon, and the earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down it goes red", Andrew Fabian, professor of astronomy at the University of Cambridge, told Reuters.

"That's the special thing about this one, and why it's such an unusual one, and translates into it being the longest possible lunar eclipse".

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.

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Lunar eclipse begins when the Moon begins to pass into Earth's shadow, gradually growing dimmer. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star.

The full moon is seen during a "blood moon" eclipse over the temple of Apollo in Corinth, on July 27, 2018.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth, Sun and Moon line up.

The Earth's shadow crept across the moon in the early hours, bathing it in a unusual rusty "blood" hue during its "total" phase - where the moon is immersed completely in the Earth's shadow.

Solar and lunar eclipses follow each other. For that reason, lunar eclipses separated by a full Saros cycle have similar features, including the time of the year and the distance of the Moon from the Earth.

Before we had explanations before what causes the moon to appear red, ancient cultures often feared the worst.

"Since the moon is bright anyway, you'll be able to see it regardless of light pollution, but to see the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars nearly in line with the moon, you'll want a nice dark spot where light from the city or streets does not pollute the sky too much", Knowles said.

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