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Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

Being able to see the Sun and a lunar eclipse at once might be thought impossible, given these events typically happened when the Sun, the Earth and the moon were all in a straight line. On a black background.

The first lunar eclipse of the year arrived in January, presenting a large and bright red moon, but only to spectators in a handful of countries.

"It's called a blood moon because the light from the sun goes through the earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon and the earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down it goes red", Andrew Fabian, professor of astronomy at the University of Cambridge.

The colour of the moon is affected by the light from the sun's movements skimming through the Earth's atmosphere and continuing up to space about 350,000 kilometres away. The moon gives off no light and is only visible because it reflects the light of the sun.

"When the red planet rises in the evening sky on 27 July after sunset, it will align itself exactly opposite to the sun with the earth in the middle".

Totality will finish at 1.13pm before the partial eclipse ends at 2.19am.

This full moon in July is also known as the Full Buck Moon and Thunder Moon, occurring when a male deer's antlers are in full growth and at a time of frequent thunderstorms, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

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Why will moon appear red during Total Lunar Eclipse?

You'll need a clear view of the horizon towards the south east to get the best possible view. It will be 15 times brighter than the next brightest star in the sky.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact times. It's going to be seen pretty much all over the world, apart from the USA.

Perth stargazers are in prime position to witness tonight's lunar eclipse, with the complete cosmic phenomenon to play out in full across WA skies from just after 1am on Saturday. After that, one might notice a gradual change in the brightness on the lunar disk.

Following the lunar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse will take place on August 11. An opposition happens when Mars is the closest to Earth in its orbit, both on the same side of the Sun.

"On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime". So if bad weather disrupts your opportunity on Friday, there will be more chances.

Although it won't look almost as large as the blood moon, Mars will be its largest if you're looking through a telescope and close to its maximum brightness in our sky. Astronomers say, Mars will be visible with the naked eye.

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