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Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

The blood moon lunar eclipse is here (and so is Mars)

The blood moon lunar eclipse is here (and so is Mars)

"This time, residents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and parts of South America will be so lucky". And, of course, there are areas across the world where the eclipse will not be visible at all, such as North America.

"It will be the century's longest total lunar eclipse with a whopping one hour and 43 minutes in totality".

#08:20 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings in India, how to watch: The total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" in India will start at around 10:44 pm in the night of July 27.

Not all the lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show.

Hasan Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group CEO, added that UAE residents will also be blessed to see a special approach of the red planet, Mars.

Since the last Blood Moon in January this year, the rest of the world has been waiting patiently to experience their own lunar eclipse.

'However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour'. "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".

The Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow and a lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon or Poornima day. It also became a "Super Blue Blood Moon" because it synced up with a supermoon, which is a moon that appears extra big and bright, and a blue moon, which is the second full moon during a calendar month.

BSS will host a seminar on lunar eclipse addressed by senior scientist Jayant Murthy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, to dismiss myths and superstitions. The eclipse takes place once in a century so you can consider yourself to be lucky to see one. The moon will be below the horizon and out of sight in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other North American countries during the eclipse.

The Astronomical Society of India cautioned against creating a hype around this event in a statement.

The total phase of eclipse will end at 2.43 am.

"Dem yelebesech chereka", some murmured - Amharic for "blood moon".

The Weather Channel will host a live stream on its app beginning at 4 p.m. EDT on July 27 so people can watch on their phones. The only light that can be seen is refracted through the earth's shadow, and this light looks red just like with the sunset.

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