Red Moon and the Red Planet

BLOOD MOON

The lunar event will be seen across Ireland and the UK and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere

A blood-red moon dazzled star gazers across much of the world on Friday when it moved into Earth's shadow for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

This visibility of lunar eclipse in India is expected to be pretty good but cloudy sky and inclement weather may hurt your chances of being able to watch the phenomenon. Check out the live stream of the blood red moon here! And finally, there are total lunar eclipses, where the entire moon passes through the umbra.

A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse beside a statue of ancient Greek goddess Athena in central Athens on July 27, 2018.

Where skies are clear of cloud, the spectacle will be visible nearly everywhere around the world, with the exception of North America. Amateur astronomers will guide people about the eclipse. Will there be any positive or negative impact of this astronomy incident?

The 2018 lunar eclipse will last 20 minutes longer than the last lunar eclipse, which occurred on January 31st and lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes. There are a lot of myths related to Chandra Grahan in India but if you are a skygazer it doesn't really matter.

This is thanks to the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, which is set to go down July 27. This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle.

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes. For that reason, lunar eclipses separated by a full Saros cycle have similar features, including the time of the year and the distance of the Moon from the Earth.

Brown said: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun". Generally, there are three lunar eclipses occurring in any given location per year, though some years there can be none.

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth.

During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon". The lunar eclipse photographed here was very unusual, because it coincided with the moon's perigee, or closest approach to Earth.

According to NASA scientists: "The exact colour that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere".

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