Lunar eclipse visible from Prague

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A total lunar eclipse roughly occurs once or twice a year when a full moon passes through the centre of Earth's shadow.

With the support of Vodafone Malta, the astronomers plan to transmit a YouTube live feed of the eclipse through the telescope, to make this celestial wonder accessible to all local, as well as foreign, news outlets and enable themto cover the event accordingly.

The lunar eclipse 2018 will also be a Blood Moon, where the moon will take a reddish hue.

From Newbury, the moon will rise just after 8.50pm, already fully in the Earth's shadow.

Our neighboring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometers (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

This eclipse happens to coincide with the moon's apogee, a point in the moon's orbit where it is farthest from the earth. That means Mars and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of Earth.

This happens because the Sun, Earth and Moon are in flawless alignment during a lunar eclipse.

Prime viewing is in eastern and southern Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe and south Asia, based on a NASA map.

The next lunar eclipse is going to happen on January 21, 2019.

Via Denali National Park and Preserve
Via Denali National Park and Preserve

The same day, Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to Earth, so observers may be able to see what looks like an orange-red star, which is in fact the so-called red planet.

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London, said: "We know we have lunar meteorites on the Earth, so it may well be that a chunk of Earth carried life to the Moon".

The Guardian had reported that Nigeria and most other parts of the world would on July 27, 2018 experience blood moon- a spectacular total lunar eclipse.

Unlike with solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are less common and safe to watch meaning you can view it without using protective eyewear.

In addition, experiments could be conducted in simulated lunar environments on Earth and on the International Space Station to see if microorganisms can survive under the environmental conditions predicted to have existed on the early Moon. For the best view, find a dark spot away from light pollution. In this process, if any interference come in the way of a beam of light, the rays in the beam gets scattered, and reflect different colours.

But dust thrown into the atmosphere by recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala was likely to paint the moon a deeper red.

Viewers in India will be able to witness the entire event, though some parts of the North-East might miss out on some of the action.

This is sometimes referred to as a 'micromoon, ' and is the opposite of the well-known supermoon, or perigee (when the moon is at its closest to Earth).

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

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