Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings In India, FAQs On Blood Moon, Chandra Grahan

Jan Cross
July 27, 2018

High resolution 6 mp image. It will be on the intervening night of July 27 and 28 with a duration of 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest one.

"However, we won't see all of this eclipse, as the Moon will already be deep in the shadow as it rises above the horizon from Ireland", said a spokesperson for the Irish Astronomical Association.

It's when you can see an eclipsed Moon on the western horizon, as well as the rising Sun on the eastern horizon. Because of how Earth's atmosphere filters blue light, the moon appears red during a lunar eclipse. The Aquarius full moon of 2018 arrives as a catalyst for change, as the Earth passes between the bold Sun and the moon to create a garish, otherworldly reddish glow known as a blood moon (which can only happen during a full moon), and casts shadow on its otherwise illumined surface.

"Every couple of years or so, the Earth overtakes Mars on the inside as it orbits the Sun, so Mars is closest to us".

The blood moon also got its share of superstitious fears.

The rare cosmic event won't be visible to skywatchers in Canada, the US or Greenland, but it should be at least partially visible everywhere else. Also, since it will be a full moon night, Guru Purnima is being observed in India on the auspicious day.

Added to that were the unusual cameos of Mercury and Venus - planets that were more typically perched either just to the east or west of the Sun.

Because the Moon is far away from Earth relatively speaking - its orbit is an ellipse, so it moves closer and further and looks larger and smaller from Earth.

People in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and Asia will have the best view, while the final stages of the eclipse after sunset will be visible in parts of South America.

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But the good old British weather could ruin many people's chances of seeing the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

The Royal Astronomical Society said Mars and the moon will appear low in the sky for everyone in the United Kingdom, so a location with an unobstructed southeastern horizon will afford the best view.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact locations, and TimeandDate.com has timings based on your location. It's going to be seen pretty much all over the world, apart from the USA.

The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019.

Are you hoping to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse or the blood Moon tonight?

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is quite safe to look at with the naked eye.

Our red moon will have some company Friday. Mars will not look so different to the naked eye but it is in fact a mere 57.6 million away tomorrow night, making it the flawless time for people to glimpse the red planet through the telescope.

However, forecasters at the Met Office have warned there is a likelihood of "high-level" cloud in the area around the time the moon is set to appear, which could obscure the view of it. The live stream will begin at approximately 1 p.m.

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