Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

South to see special blood moon

South to see special blood moon

The countdown has finally begun for one of the biggest incidents of the century - the longest lunar eclipse.

The hype around the Eclipse of July 27 appeared because it will last a long time.

The first record of any such event dated from 1666 - the same year of the Great Fire of London.

The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123. Many parts of the world were able to see the super blue blood moon.

Even when the moon is fully in Earth's shadow, some sunlight still gets to it because Earth's atmosphere acts as a weak lens, bending the rays of the sun so that they can fall onto the moon.

Filipinos will have to hope for clear skies at dawn on Saturday to watch the longest blood moon eclipse this century, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

People in Lebanon will be able to enjoy this rare celestial phenomenon for a record-breaking 1 hour and 43 minutes!

Best Eclipse will be seen in the middle East, in the Eastern part of Africa, India and in the Western part of China.

Observatories across the United States are hosting Mars-viewing events next week. The other regions that share this cosmic treat are the Middle East, parts of Russian Federation and Kazakhstan, and the eastern half of Africa, but at least part of the eclipse can be seen from nearly everywhere in the world except North America.

"They're not as rare as total solar eclipses but it's the peculiarity which is interesting". 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 partial eclipse will resume immediately afterward, as the moon passes out of Earth's shadow, and the whole event will be over at 23:28 UT (early on July 28, depending on where you live).

A new study claims that life could have existed on the Moon long long ago.

The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle.

Specifically, there were two periods in its history when conditions on the moon's surface made it potentially habitable: shortly after its birth four billion years ago and again during a peak in volcanic activity half-a-billion years later.

Europe, eastern Asia, Australia, Indonesia, and other regions will enjoy a partial lunar eclipse, where the moon passes partly through Earth's shadow.

Earlier it was reported that NASA showed a colourful picture of the moon taken from the ISS an astronaut stationed there.

Astronomer Dr Gregory Brown, from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, explained: "At total eclipse, rather than turning black as you might expect, the Moon will turn a deep red as light from the Sun is bent onto it by the Earth's atmosphere, just like the lenses of a pair of glasses bend light into a person's eyes".

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