Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Here's when to see the total lunar eclipse this week

Here's when to see the total lunar eclipse this week

Because the red wavelengths are scattered less than the blue and violet wavelengths, the moon appears red from our perspective.

For those in Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia, the height of the eclipse will be visible before the moon sets early in the morning on July 28. Nearly all the people on the planet will be able to see it.

Even if you can't see Mars on the 31st, it's visible for several more months, but it does get smaller in the sky as it moves away.

The thing is that it is going to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years.

"Theoretically, the moon should disappear since it is blocked by the earth, but this does not happen, because the Earth's inclined position allows light to reach the moon". It is expected to be the longest lunar eclipse witnessed in 100 years. Before a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse appears first. Says Noton. "The latter is hard, as the amount of light the moon reflects is tiny, whilst the lunar surface is so bright by comparison". Not only did it create an atmosphere, but the escaping steam could have condensed into pools of liquid water on the Moon's surface, becoming a ideal breeding ground for microorganisms.

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Stargazers may be looking up at the skies in awe, but years ago the moon's ochre orange colour was considered to be a bad omen that instilled fear and panic until the scientific explanation of how lunar eclipses occurred was finally understood.

This meteor shower favors the Southern Hemisphere with up to 15-20 meteors an hour, but people in the Northern Hemisphere may still be able to spot a few shooting stars around the shower's peak. The Kerala State Science and Technology Museum (KSSTM) in the state capital is making arrangements for viewing the eclipse using telescopes.

You'll need to be as far south as possible, have clear skies, and be in a location where you can see the Moon setting in the south west and the Sun rising in the north east.

None can forget the mesmerising Supermoon, Bloodmoon, Total Lunar Eclipse that occurred on January 31 this year! The best view of it will come after 11.20pm on Friday night. Sunlight filtered through the earth's atmosphere hits the moon and turns it a deep red. "Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown ... as rust-colored, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

The moment of greatest eclipse, or maximum eclipse, will occur over the United Kingdom after 9.20pm BST and that will be the moment the moon reaches the dead-centre of the Earth's umbra.

Igor Žiberna from the geography department of the Maribor Faculty of Arts has explained for the STA that the Moon will start entering the lighter part of the Earth's shadow (called penumbra) at around 7 PM CET and begin to enter the Earth's shadow at around 8:30 PM.

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