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'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

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Frank Williams | 28 July, 2018, 16:16

EarthSky notes that the longest possible lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Red and orange bands of light are least affected whereas blue light which typically illuminates the moon is filtered out.

Lunar eclipses typically occur only during a full moon, however on this instance the moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and earth, also known as the blood moon.

In Ukraine the phase of the total lunar Eclipse will occur on July 27 at 23:21 (20:21 UTC).

The balance of Asia and Europe, as well as Africa and Antarctica, will be able to see the entirety of the eclipse.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Prague will be January 21, 2019.

A blood moon is essentially another word for a total lunar eclipse.

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This outgassing activity could have led to the formation of liquid water pools on the moon's surface, while also thickening its atmosphere - which would have kept the pools in place for the aforementioned time interval.

Across the world, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, people will turn their eyes to the sky, hoping to see the blood moon, which appears orange, brown or crimson as sunlight is bent through the earth's atmosphere.

"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 handsome and I'll certainly be looking out for it!"

"Spring tides occur either during Full moon or New moon, when the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are aligned and their collective gravitational pull on the Earth gets strengthened, which can lead to tidal surge along the coast".

What is a total lunar eclipse? 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". According to them, atmosphere on the Moon might have been far more habitable than it is today after a meteorite blast.

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. There is absolutely no harm in witnessing this gorgeous astronomical spectacle and could be clearly witnessed by using a reflecting telescope or astral binoculars.

In addition to the lunar eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest since 2003 and be directly below the moon. "But the best time to view it is several hours after sunset, when Mars will appear higher in the sky", NASA said in a skywatching video. The total eclipse will start at 1 am on July 28 and when the moon is closest to the centre of the shadow, the maximum eclipse will be at 1.51 am.

But a partial eclipse will begin by 11.55 pm on Friday when the moon starts entering the earth's shadow.

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