Blood moon and Mars to provide double celestial treat on Friday


The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1h 00m IST on July 28. The total eclipse begins at 8.30 p.m., and ends at 10.13 p.m.

On the night of the total lunar eclipse, Mars and the moon will be roughly six degrees apart in the night sky.

And since the planet will also be the closest to Earth as its been in more than a decade, it will appear relatively big and bright in the night sky if you look to the south.

Despite being completely shadowed by earth, the moon will glow in rusty hues.

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018 India: The Blood Moon 2018 is the second lunar eclipse of 2018.

The Moon will appear red during the eclipse.

"While more common than the solar eclipse, the event is nonetheless fairly unusual, with even partial eclipses rarely happening a few times or twice per year and each is only visible from a portion of the Earth".

Instead, it will appear to be a deep copper red as it reflects the scattered light of all the sunsets and sunrises on Earth back at us.

St Helens Star

"If the sun has been quite high in the sky as it has been in the summer then you would be looking at the Moon fairly low down towards the horizon".

IF THE sky is clear, people in Brunei will have the chance to witness two very rare astronomical phenomena - a planetary opposition and a moon eclipse - tomorrow night, said General-Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad.

"It's safe to say the viewing across Australia will generally be pretty good; most of the capital cities will be able to see something", Ms Sturrock told AAP.

Venus is now so bright, that it can be seen immediately after sunset if you look west.

The long duration of this eclipse is partly due to the fact that the moon will make a near-central passage through Earth's umbra - the darkest, most central part of the shadow. During this time, the moon will be under the complete shadow of the Earth for one hour and forty-three minutes.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking out the sun's light and casting a shadow on the lunar surface. The sunlight is detoured by the Earth's atmosphere, due to the presence of a blanket of air, hits the darkened Moon. This is the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon coincided.

"The plane of orbit of the earth around the sun and the plane of orbit of the moon around the earth are very close to each other".

The next total lunar eclipse will take place on Jan 21, 2019, but it won't be visible from Singapore as it will happen during daytime.