The red variant of our only natural satellite will show its colours on Friday, turning from its normal friendly silver-grey, during the longest lunar eclipse of the 21 century. The moon will be totally eclipsed by the Earth for one hour and 43 minutes. A lunar eclipse is when the earth gets between the sun and the full moon.
Lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan is a phenomenon when Earth is aligned (falls in a line) directly with the Moon and the Sun, while the orbit of the Moon brings the orb into the Earth’s shadow.
“This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth’s shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit”. A red light will be reflected of the moon’s surface, and thus we all see a magnificent red or blood moon.
Total lunar eclipses and total solar eclipses are essentially the reverse of one another; the difference is the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon. “Astrology is not something we follow”.
The research is based on previous studies that looked into samples of lunar rock and soil, as well as the results from recent space missions, and argues that, while “uninhabitable and lifeless today”, the moon could have been fit to support life billions of years ago.
The next total lunar eclipse happens on January 21, 2019, according to Pagasa.
Also, on July 27, Mars will pass closer to Earth than it has done for 15 years.
“Our event is sold out, we have about a couple of hundred people that are booked in to come and watch it with us”, said Andrew Jacob, curator at the Sydney Observatory, located right near the Harbour Bridge.
Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star, and viewers will need no protective eye gear. This is what lends it the name “blood moon”.
The Weather Channel has announced that it will host a livestream of the event on its app, available for iOS and Android, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT on July 27.
“Having the opportunity to observe an event like this is quite rare”, he said.
Unlike with a solar eclipse, it is safe to look at without special glasses.
The space agency said Nigeria, like most of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region would witness a total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th of July 2018. The moon will appear blood red as it will be completely eclipsed by the Earth starting 8:14 PM on Friday. I’ve never seen one, yet I’m interested in eclipses. “But the best time to view it is several hours after sunset, when Mars will appear higher in the sky”, NASA said in a skywatching video. Cloudy skies, however, can block the view of the moon altogether. An eclipse does not occur on every full moon because the moon’s plane is tilted at an angle to that of the earth’s.