Longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on July 27

Jan Cross
July 28, 2018

Despite all the hypothesizing, however, there are still doubts about life on the Moon.

"If you're living in [a city] then there's a lot of light pollution from the night sky, so the contrast between the moon and the sky won't be as great", he said.

The Met Office has issued a thunderstorm warning from Friday afternoon that is expected to last until midnight.

To search for any signs of past life on the moon, we'd need a close examination of the lunar surface. Find us on Facebook too!

For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all. So most months we have a full moon without an eclipse. Data scientists confirm favorable conditions for its occurrence billions of years ago. Consequently, the Moon does not usually disappear from view; instead, it is dimmed and often takes on a reddish colour, which becomes increasingly apparent as the Umbral phase advances. It's estimated there could be at least 600 million tons of ice. In fact, it doesn't present new evidence of any kind.

That solves three of the key problems with the moon's habitability. "It's very hard to capture one", Steel said.

To understand why, a bit of lunar history is needed.

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The two researchers theorize that major asteroid impacts, which frequently occurred in the solar system when the moon was still young, could have transferred primitive organisms - such as the ancient fossilized cyanobacteria discovered on Earth and dated back to 3.5 billion and 3.8 billion years ago - from our planet to its satellite.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name blood moon, though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the color could vary greatly. During Friday's eclipse, the moon will be passing nearly directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness. Researchers believe those gases might have formed into liquid water on the surface. That time period, the new study suggests, was the first time conditions on the moon could have supported life. It most likely had a magnetic field as well that could have protected any life on the surface from solar wind, a deadly flow of charged particles streaming out of the sun.

A selenelion is also known as a selenehelion. Still, there's one piece missing: the building blocks of life.

Even if there was no organic material on the moon during those years, they were periods of intense meteoric activity.

To know more on how the moon died, as well as to confirm that it was indeed capable of supporting life billions of years ago, Schulze-Makuch and coauthor Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology from the University of London, proposed a more aggressive lunar exploration program in the future.

Schulze-Makuch notes that finding if life on the Moon arose on the Moon itself or was transported from somewhere else "can only be addressed by an aggressive future program of lunar exploration".

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