Blood moon and Mars to provide double celestial treat on Friday

Blood moon and Mars to provide double celestial treat on Friday

The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 23h 54m IST on July 27. Those who live in Asia and Australia will be able to see the eclipse between midnight and sunrise on July 28.

Friday night will see the longest total lunar eclipse so far this century.

The areas of our planet from which this can be experienced are very limited, because the total lunar eclipse must be ongoing at the time of moonset/sunrise. "So, there are positions, when earth comes in between the moon and the sun and cast its shadow on the moon", said professor of astrophysics, T.R. Seshadri from Delhi University.

"Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had occurred on July 16, 2000 for a totality duration of one hour 46 minutes and another on June 15, 2011 for a totality duration of one hour 40 minutes".

During the total eclipse - due to begin at 7.30am - the moon would appear much fainter than it usually appeared, and coloured between dark brown and blood red.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 31, 2028.

And you don't have to worry about having a telescope to get a good view, with astronomers saying that there will be a very good view without the need for special equipment.

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

In addition, the Earth is closer to the Sun during the northern hemisphere summer so its shadow is larger than average, he said.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
Blood moon and Mars to provide double celestial treat on Friday

Saturn reached opposition on June 27, and Mars is nearly there with opposition set to happen Friday.

During a lunar eclipse, the sun lies directly behind Earth, refracting - or bending - light.

When the Earth passes in front of the moon, it rapidly causes its surface temperature to drop - causing lunar rocks to suddenly freeze and crack, releasing gas.

Image: Where will the eclipse be visible?

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and lovely and I'll certainly be looking out for it!" We will have to wait for May 26, 2021, to view the next total lunar eclipse in Singapore.

When the full moon moves into Earth's shadow, it will darken, but it won't disappear.

"If you want a close-up view of the moon as it turns red, a pair of binoculars is helpful".

Unlike solar eclipses, which last a few minutes, lunar eclipses last three hours or longer. This is the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon coincided.

The eclipse will turn the light color of the moon to deep red. It's when the eclipsed Moon can be seen on one horizon, while the rising Sun can also be observed near the opposite horizon.

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