'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

by Edgar Hayes July 27, 2018, 11:00
'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

In the United Kingdom: the partial eclipse will begin at 8.30pm BST on Friday, and the total eclipse will occur between 9.20pm and 10.12pm, with the moon visible to the south-east.

And since the planet will also be the closest to Earth as its been in more than a decade, it will appear relatively big and bright in the night sky if you look to the south.

Earth will cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse.

The moon is set to turn red on Friday in the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, visible across Europe. The best views are reserved for people in east Africa.

The only light on the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

Lunar eclipse is tipped to be the longest in the century and planetariums across the country have made elaborate arrangements for enthusiasts.

The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11:44pm IST on Friday night and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1am IST.

Cloud cover could rain on the parade of those who want to watch the event in full, but Perth Observatory's Matt Woods said the skies were predicted to clear just in time for the beginning of the eclipse.

And yes, you'll likely hear this eclipse being referred to as the "blood moon".

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Don't miss tomorrow's Blood Moon — the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century

He said that the occurrence necessitated the need for scientists to continue monitoring and exploring the dynamics of the motion and the phenomena associated with them. According to him, the moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun. Unlike solar eclipses, which require protective eyewear, a lunar eclipse can be viewed without specialised eye protection.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon".

The atmosphere actually filters out much of the sun's blue light, leaving us with what has come to be popularly known as a Blood Moon.

However, there are rarely total eclipses, when both the moon is full and the Earth completely blocks the sun. "It's a lunar eclipse", said Helen Klus of the Royal Astronomical Society.

North America will nearly completely miss out on the blood moon.

It coincides not only with Mars's close approach, but with what he described as a "procession of planets" - a line-up of our celestial neighbours that will give skywatchers a particularly good view of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

"We haven't had one in Ireland in about three years".

If you don't want to tune in for the whole show, I suggest watching just before 3:30.

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