Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Rare blood Moon spectacle TOMORROW night

Rare blood Moon spectacle TOMORROW night

We will witness the longest lunar eclipse of the century on the night of Friday, July 27 2018, an event that will see the moon in the Earth's shadow for a period of 1 hour 43 minutes.

The eclipse will reach maximum totality at 9:21pm and finish at 10:31pm, though the partial eclipse will continue for another two hours after that. This follows the super blue blood moon that played out on the night of January 31 across many parts of the world. The total eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, wherein the moon will be in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth.

Dr Duncan Steel, of Otago's Centre for Space Science Technology, said this might be figured impossible, given an eclipse occurred when the sun, Earth and moon were all in a straight line.

Mars is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Tuesday, which means the red planet will be shinier and bigger and easier to observe, said USA space agency NASA. Colours at the blue end of the spectrum - like violet, blue and green, get scattered by earth's atmosphere while the longer wavelength, red end of the spectrum gets directed on to the surface of the moon.

One superstition says that if you get injured during the lunar eclipse then the wound will not stop bleeding.

The eclipse will dazzle viewers on the evening of 27 July and morning of 28 July.

Lunar eclipses are less common than a solar Eclipse - no more than three per year, which can be observed in any particular place, although in some years they may not be. "Sea level rise will be more or less the same as that happens on a full moon day", he said.

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An eclipse never travels alone: The lunar event is sandwiched between two partial solar eclipses on July 13 and August 11.

Aside from the Philippines, the eclipse will also be seen in Antartica, Australasia, Asia, Russia (except northern Russia), Africa, Europe and east of South America.

You'll need to be as far south as possible, have clear skies, and be in a location where you can see the Moon setting in the south west and the Sun rising in the north east.

A blood red moon lights up the sky during a total lunar eclipse seen from Auckland in 2015.

This eclipse is considered to be rare because it will last for so long.

A similar thing happens during a lunar eclipse. Before a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse appears first. Looking directly at that light requires special glasses to protect the eyes from the sun's brightness.

"It will appear as a bright reddish star, and even if the opposition brightness won't be quite as good for the next few years, it won't make much difference at all to any naked-eye observations." 4.

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