Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century to be visible in Qatar tomorrow

Jul 27, 2018, 11:01
Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century to be visible in Qatar tomorrow

The July 27 Blood Moon eclipse, the longest lunar eclipse this century can be seen from Taiwan overnight on July 27-28.

Because of the way the moon orbits the Earth, and because the Earth orbits the sun, there are always at least two lunar eclipses every year. But on Friday, the moon reaches its apogee, or the farthest point from Earth in its orbit. The higher you are, the better, because the Sun will be barely clearing the horizon as the Moon sets in the opposite direction.

The lunar event will be seen across Ireland and the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere. The Earth's shadow then falls on the moon.

The "blood moon" effect is due to the visual effect generated when sunlight filters into the atmosphere and the colours orange and red are projected onto the Moon.

Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century to be visible in Qatar tomorrow
Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century to be visible in Qatar tomorrow

Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood-red.

Klus said she was frustrated as many people seem unaware what causes the "blood moon", or that the phenomenon was not astronomically mysterious. It's when the eclipsed Moon can be seen on one horizon, while the rising Sun can also be observed near the opposite horizon.

When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark. For viewers across India, the eclipse, both partial and total, will be visible in its entirety from all parts of the country. A binocular, however, will give a better view of the spectacular celestial event. Asia, Indonesia and Australia will see it between midnight and sunrise Saturday.

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EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact times.

Where skies are clear of cloud, the spectacle will be visible nearly everywhere around the world, with the exception of North America.

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. But on the bright side, there are still a few days before the big events for that to change.

There are solar and lunar eclipses, which occur in multiple ways.

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According to National Geographic, an Inca myth told the story of a jaguar that attacked and ate the moon (giving it its red colour).

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

Mars will next be this close to earth in 2035.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres.

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