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Longest lunar eclipse: Mars coming closest ever to Earth in 15 years

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	A blood red PA A blood red"supermoon in the skies above Falkirk created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth
Frank Williams | 27 July, 2018, 05:44

The red color is a product of Earth's atmosphere, which scatters light from the sun and it is reflected onto the moon.

Will there be a Blood Moon eclipse this week? Thus it is called a blood moon, he said.

Penumbral eclipse, or that moment when the Earth's shadow begin to touch the moon's face, will start at 1:14 a.m., but partial eclipse starts at around 2:24 a.m. Recent developments, however, have shown that there is much to learn about the bright white bulb that lights the night's sky.

Next week, the red planet is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. The Blood Moon occurs when the moon is passing between the Earth and the sun.

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.

If the weather cooperates, most of eastern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia should see the full and total lunar eclipse on Friday. While this period is for the total lunar eclipse 2018, the duration of the eclipse - including the partial phases - will be over 6 hours. Mars will also be very close to the pint-sized red moon, and will be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye as a small, reddish speck.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible across India on Friday, providing hobbyists and professional stargazers with a rare opportunity to watch the moon being blanketed by the Earth's shadow for over six hours.

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The next time there is a total lunar eclipse this long will not be until June 9, 2123.

Lunar eclipses are less common than solar ones but can be seen by more of the Earth.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", Bailey told Agence France-Presse (AFP). It is true that it's extremely thin - fewer than 1,000,000 moles can be found in each cubic centimeter of the lunar atmosphere, which is comparable to the density of the outermost fringes of Earth's atmosphere, where the International Space Station orbits - but it's still something.

A lunar eclipse will be visible from Prague on the evening of July 27. During Friday's eclipse, the moon will be passing nearly directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness. Lots of dust creates a deep red eclipse, while less dust produces a bright coppery hue. This is because orbital planes of the earth and moon differ only slightly.

But if you're going to be in a part of the world where you won't get a direct view of the eclipse (or if it's cloudy where you are), you do have some options.

Professor Birkshaw added: "Total lunar eclipses happen about once or twice a year".

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