How to watch Blood Moon and Mars at opposition online this week

Pablo Tucker
July 26, 2018

The total lunar eclipse will last one hour and 43 minutes and can be viewed from 3.30am to 5.13am.

- Dark red or brown coloration of the moon during a total Eclipse because the sun's rays passing through the upper layers of earth's atmosphere, refracted.

As it lines up with the Earth and sun, the rising full moon will darken and change from silver to rusty or terrible blood red.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is happening on Friday, but we won't be able to see it here.

Another great astronomical event will also take place that night as the Earth is also scheduled to be perfectly aligned with the sun and Mars.

Friday sees the longest lunar eclipse this century. Eastern time, according to

People in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and Asia will have the best view, while the final stages of the eclipse after sunset will be visible in parts of South America. In Israel the partial eclipse will begin at 9:24 p.m., with the full eclipse visible from 10:30 p.m. and reaching its maximum at 11:21 p.m. It will take nearly two hours before the moon returns to normal.

Sadly, North Americans will miss out entirely. Putting to rest all apprehensions about the risks associated with viewing the eclipse with a naked eye, Duari said, "No special filters are required to protect our eyes like those used for watching solar eclipses".

A picture taken on January 31, 2018 shows the moon rising behind a mountain during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the "super blue blood moon" near Syria-Turkey border at the Hassa district in Hatay.

We say far and wide because there is a full lunar eclipse coming Friday, it's just going to happen on the other side of the world!

A lunar eclipse can be seen from Earth at night.

An opposition can occur anywhere in the planet's orbit and when it happens while Mars is at its closest to the sun, the event is known as perihelic opposition. However, only people in certain areas will be able to view the eclipse from start to finish.

While we typically experience between one and four lunar eclipses every year, this week's will be remarkably rare. Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky.

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