How to see this weekend’s blood moon lunar eclipse

Pablo Tucker
July 27, 2018

As you would expect, the shadow of the Earth looks like a disk. Stargazers will enjoy a rare celestial display when, on the same night, Mars will shine brighter than it has in 15 years.

Pastor Begley also referred to the frequency of natural disasters as being linked to the Blood Moon.

The lunar event will be seen across Ireland and the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

If you live in North America, you will not be able to see the marathon celestial event in person - unless you live in the far eastern part of Newfoundland.

On Saturday, July 28, the total lunar eclipse will begin at 1 am.

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The eclipse will start at 11:13pm on Friday and end at 5:30am on Saturday in Bangladesh time. The moon will be close to the horizon, so make sure to look west-south-west.

It's important to have a clear view of the horizon towards the south east, astronomers told the French press. The entire eclipse will be visible from across India.

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Although Mars is visible in the night sky all year round, it will be extremely bright on July 27.

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will be one hour and 43 minutes.

Andrew Fabian is with the University of Cambridge.

A "blood moon" happens when Earth's moon is in full eclipse and has no special astronomical significance, rather, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown.

For those in areas from Whanganui to Wellington, there would be just a slim chance of glimpsing the totally-eclipsed moon as the Sun peeked above the horizon. The light then appears reddish, which is why it's called a "blood moon". Blue light is scattered, leaving only red. "People keep referring to it as a "blood moon".

NASA has given all the details of past and the future lunar eclipses with eclipse diagrams and visibility maps.

Mr Scagell said: "You may see this very eerie-looking deep-red moon rising". "It's something that people have heard of before", she said.

Mars will appear brighter in the sky than the moon, separated by just five degrees - about the width of three fingers held at arm's length.

Mars is approaching what astronomers call opposition, when the Earth overtakes our neighbouring planet in its inside lane around the sun.

This phenomenon could be explained by the elliptical or oval-shaped orbits that Earth and Mars followed around the Sun.

The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes on Friday evening. The next time that record will be broken is in 2287.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres.

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