"The moon is always in ideal line with the Sun and the Earth, so we don't get a lunar Eclipse in every lunar cycle, said brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Research school of astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian national University". We'll be treated to a total lunar eclipse on January 19, 2019, that will be visible from from North and South America, Europe, Africa.
Scientists say the reason this Friday's lunar eclipse is especially long is because the moon is passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow.
"Near the eclipsed "blood moon" on Friday will be the "red planet" Mars‚ shining at its brightest since 2003 - our planet is overtaking Mars next week‚" the society said.
In total, the full lunar eclipse will last one hour and 42 minutes, the longest it will be this century.
The total eclipse will begin at around 8.30pm in the United Kingdom on July 27 and finish at 10.13pm. "The moon will remain in a very faint penumbral shadow for about an hour after that, but this is typically too light a shadow for the naked eye to notice the difference between that and the full moon that follows." 2.
Special arrangements have also been made at the Lifelong Learning Institute for seeing the lunar eclipse and Mars opposition.
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In an online sermon titled "Prophecy Alert: Blood Moon Is Rising", the popular US Evangelical Pastor Paul Begley said he believes the eclipse is a sign of the "end of days", specifically because it comes in the same year that the US moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
And do not forget to try and catch the event as soon as you can because the moon will only be in a state of total eclipse until 11.15 pm when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance. Lunar Eclipse is also tied strongly to Astrology, and since its a complete immersion not seen before this century, astrologers have pointed out that it could have an extreme effect on people with Gemini Zodiac sign.
Mars' closest approach will be before sunrise on July 31 at 4 a.m. EST and on July 30 at 10 p.m.
The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark. For the Egyptians, the eclipse serves as a sow swallowing the moon for a brief time. It should be visible in Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, etc, but the weather forecast will end up playing a role in this.
The first part or phase of lunar eclipse will see the moon fall under the earth's shadow. The total lunar eclipse is estimated to set in from 1:00 am IST on July 28.