South to see special blood moon

Pablo Tucker
July 27, 2018

Prof. Zarb Adami, an astrophysicist, explained that the reason this lunar eclipse was the longest of the 21st century was because it passed through the centre of Earth's shadow, increasing the time in which the moon was blocked from the sun. That's a full 1 hour 43 minutes, which is just four minutes shy of the longest total lunar eclipse possible, according to EarthSky.

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

A magical sight will appear in the sky tomorrow night.

Eclipse 2018 Blood Moon explained
Eclipse 2018 Lunar eclipses happen when the moon moves through the Earth's shadow

However, Mars is reaching its nearest point to Earth. However, recent studies have confirmed that our moon does indeed have an atmosphere, consisting of gases like sodium and potassium, which aren't found in Earth's atmosphere, or those of Mars or Venus, for that matter.

"They will move through reasonably quickly but if that coincides with the peak moment of the eclipse, they could obscure the moon".

Image of a total lunar eclipse captured in Malta in 2011 by Leonard Ellul Mercer.

The rare celestial event - said to be the longest in the 21st century - will see the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen.

It is safe to watch the eclipse without any eye protection or special equipment.

While the United States won't see this total lunar eclipse live, six months from now, make sure you have mittens, a coat and hot chocolate with marshmallows at the ready.

East Africa, the Middle East and a region of Central Asia stretching as far east as India and as far north as parts of southern Russian Federation should get a spectacular view of the so-called blood moon.

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London, said: "We know we have lunar meteorites on the Earth, so it may well be that a chunk of Earth carried life to the Moon". Still, researchers hypothesize that a planet such as Earth may have the ability to spread its early primitive life to other nearby worlds, such as a moon, via asteroids or meteor strikes that cause biological material to be launched into space. "The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere". When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep reed in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

Astronomers predict that the partial lunar eclipse will end at around 6:19 a.m., but this is no longer visible as the moon will set at 5:44 a.m. During Friday's eclipse, the moon will be passing nearly directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness. Portions of the eclipse will be viewed by most parts of Europe, Australia, Japan, China and western Africa. The total eclipse would begin at midnight ( Saturday).

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