Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

The blood moon lunar eclipse

The blood moon lunar eclipse

Coincidentally, Mars is also at its brightest, putting two bright red objects in our sky.

Avid astronomers and amateur stargazers the world over were treated to an incredible lunar light show when the moon transformed from its usual bright color to an orb of burned orange and red for almost two hours.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!".

The longest lunar eclipse of this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Friday.

Although sunlight is blocked out, some is refracted around the Earth and falls onto the moon's surface. Even South America will see the final stages of the eclipse.

"Dem yelebesech chereka", some murmured - Amharic for "blood moon". There are many factors for this, one being that the moon will be at the farthest point from Earth in its orbit.

It will pass into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun and the atmosphere of the Earth will bend the light of the sun onto the moon.

The lunar eclipse is seen in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, on July 27, 2018.

It won't be visible in the USA, but can be seen in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia - depending on the weather.

The eclipse will end just before 20 past midnight.

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EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact locations, and TimeandDate.com has timings based on your location. And, of course, there are areas across the world where the eclipse will not be visible at all, such as North America.

As Space.com explained, the eclipse's record length was the result the moon's positioning relative to Earth.

The lunar eclipse can be seen from anywhere on the night side of Earth. The live stream will begin at approximately 1 p.m.

CLOUDY skies proved to be the enemy of astronomy buffs and amateur photographers hoping to catch the ideal view of the blood moon lunar eclipse over Perth early yesterday.

However, the bending - or refraction - of the rays of light caused by our atmosphere by about half a degree makes it possible to see both.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star.

Across Africa people turned to the sky. "At most perihelic oppositions, including this one, the planet retreats to the belly of the ecliptic low in the southern sky".

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