Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Full "blood" moon AND lunar eclipse Friday


For those who aren't able to see the lunar eclipse this month, July has another treat in store for skygazers when Mars makes a close approach to Earth. In comparison, this century's shortest total lunar eclipse, which occurred on April 4, 2015, lasted a mere 4 minutes and 48 seconds, with a total duration of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

They area also known as a "blood moon" for the reddish hue the moon takes on during an eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon orbits into the central part of the Earth's shadow.

According to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and colour the moon red for more than one hour and forty minutes. At that time, Earth blocks most of the sunlight that would usually hit the moon, so that much of the moon is in Earth's shadow.

"From that point onwards, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion".

Limassol and Dubai will offer some of the best views of the full eclipse beginning at 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m local time. However, since the monsoon season has just begun in India, if the weather remains cloudy, you will need a decent set of telescope in order to watch the Blood Moon with details. Additionally, the eclipse will only be visible from Australia as it is beginning and from South America as it is ending. This phenomenon will also take place alongside the Blood Moon.

Although it won't look almost as large as the blood moon, Mars will be its largest in size if you're looking through a telescope and close to its maximum brightness in our sky.

Here's when totality will begin in the regions where the entire eclipse will be visible. The entire United States won't be able to see a full lunar eclipse again until January. Meanwhile, viewers in Europe are reasonably well-positioned to see the lunar eclipse - you'll likely see a partial Blood Moon - but those located in North Africa won't be able to watch (other than through webcasts).

Artist'S concept of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

THIS weekend stargazers will be treated to a once in a lifetime lunar eclipse event - but you'll have to get up early.

A super blue blood moon rises behind the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, on January 31, 2018.

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