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Astronauts Capture The Blood Moon From Space, And The Photos Are Breathtaking

Astronauts Capture The Blood Moon From Space, And The Photos Are Breathtaking”

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. Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3.49 a.m., the statement said. In eastern Asia, Australia, and parts of the western Pacific, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on July 28, as the moon sets.

The rare celestial event said to be the longest in the 21st century, will see the moon pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen. The moon will don a fiery red look, casting it as a "blood moon", when the sun and moon are on exact opposite sides of the Earth - cutting off sunlight from the moon.

The "blood moon" effect is created due to light passing through Earth's atmosphere, which scatters blue light, meaning the moon turns a reddish colour.

Today's lunar eclipse will be most visible for many parts of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region if the weather cooperates. For four hours, it will be partly in the Earth's shadow.

And unlike solar eclipses, especially the total solar eclipse in August 2017, the lunar eclipse was safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars.

Usually, lunar eclipses only last around one hour. Astronomers call this interplanetary lineup, "syzygy", since planets appear brighter when they're directly behind Earth and directly in the path of the Sun's light. But you might be able to get a good view of Mars. The eclipse will be visible from eastern South America as it is ending, and from Australia as it is beginning.

The eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century.

Dr Emily Brunsden, director of the University of York's Astrocampus, added that this eclipse was a "micro blood moon".

For this eclipse, Diego says skywatchers can expect to see a "bright red-orange moon".

Friday was the first time in 15 years that Mars was nearest to the Earth.

PA has revealed the most commonly googled questions that people have been searching for with regards to the upcoming eclipse.



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