Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

There may once have been life on the Moon, researcher says

There may once have been life on the Moon, researcher says

The phenomenon will follow the "Super Blue Blood Moon" occurred on January 31 which was termed as a once in a lifetime event combining a supermoon, blue moon and blood moon.

Malta will get the chance to feast its eyes on the longest total lunar eclipse of the century on Friday when the silvery moon will turn a blood red and spend a whopping 103 minutes in the Earth's shadow, according to astronomers. The Earth's shadow will cover the moon for an hour and 43 minutes. But thanks to Internet magic, Americans can watch it live on the Weather Channel app (its show starts at 4 p.m.) or on the website Slooh (its members can start watching at 1 p.m.) or on TimeandDate.com starting at 2 p.m. Simone Boyce, new host at the NBC News streaming network, will anchor the digital special "Space Is Awesome" - timed to the lunar eclipse.

While the duration of lunar eclipse will be about an hour and 43 minutes, partial eclipse before and after the eclipse will last around an hour and six minutes, each- making it a almost four-hour long spectacle for the stargazers.

Mars resembles an unblinking, red-tinged star in the night sky, and it should be one of the brightest objects around these days.

Sky watchers in much of the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the awe-inspiring astronomical event, however observers in North America will miss out.

"Since the moon will be rising as it goes through its partial phase and approaches totality, it is best to view the eclipse facing east". 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.

The eclipse will begin at around 1:13 a.m. Everything is over by 7:28 p.m.

Mums and dads, total lunar eclipses are spectacular events and are easy to see with the naked eye.

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On July 27 the Sun and Mars will lie opposite to each other with Earth in the middle.

The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.

The Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse is so big that the moon is immersed in it for over an hour.

In fact, there are two times in the moon's early history when there could have been life on the surface, Washington State University researchers say.

"If the moon is above the horizon then the sun must surely be below it - but the bending of the rays of light caused by our atmosphere makes it feasible to see both the eclipsed moon and the sun at the same time, so long as you are in the right place".

NASA has provided a map of where the eclipse will be visible.

Since the early solar system saw a great number of large meteorite impacts, it's plausible a simple organism could have moved from the Earth to the Moon during one of these impacts, Schulze-Makuch theorized.

And the whole moody effect will be amplified by Mars appearing directly below it, boosting its brightness.

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