Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

29 July, 2018, 23:01 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Shrikrishna Science Centre curator Ramswaroop during the science lecture organised on Friday. Telegraph

The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1 a.m. IST on July 28 and the total eclipse will last upto 2.43 a.m.

So, from the United Kingdom and Europe, the south-east will be the place to look for the rising, eclipsing Moon with bright red Mars below. In these areas, when the moon retains its red colour lasted for about an hour and 42 minutes. This was the longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st century and the next one won't be until 2123.

The Full Eclipse ended at 5.13am and the Partial Eclipse ended at 6.19am where it was last seen in the Brunei skies.

The blood moon and Mars, top left, seen next to a digital clock in Central Jakarta.

A lunar eclipse took place on January 31, 2018, but it was not from the UK.

In a special treat, Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter.

Some of the light from the sun still reaches the moon after it is bent by the earth's atmosphere, he added. "[This will be] the longest [lunar eclipse] in this century", he said.

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For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all.

After Britain endured blistering weather and clear skies all week, the clouds rolled in and blocked the view of the astronomical wonder for sky-gazers.

The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow.

"About 3,000 visitors, including students accompanied by their parents, visited the planetarium between 11.54 p.m and 4.58 a.m to view the longest lunar eclipse through telescope", Director of planetarium Pramod G. Galgali told IANS here. The bright planets, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, in a line in the sky will appear as if in a Great Planetary Parade.

"The moon turned a attractive crimson red colour in the west and Mars was just above and left of it, looking a yellow-orange colour", he told ABC News.

During this eclipse, direct sunlight is completely blocked by the Earth's shadow. They also asked about misconceptions such as avoiding having during eclipses. During the lunar eclipse Muslims ask forgiveness from God and reaffirms His Greatness.



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