Hello Stargazers! Get Ready For The Lunar Event Of The Decade Happening Tomorrow, July 27
July 26, 2018 18:15 By Fabiosa
Lunar eclipses are quite a spectacle to behold, not just for stargazers but also by other everyday people. Tomorrow, July 27, the world will witness another interesting event. And there is something special about this eclipse. It happens to be a “blood moon”.
Can't wait for this event next month - total lunar eclipse on 27 July. The #Moon rises during full eclipse from the UK but that could give amazing views of a red Moon rising into a sky tinged with colour from the opposite sunset. Last total lunar eclipse from UK was Sep 2015: pic.twitter.com/doC6sgzalG— Steve Brown (@sjb_astro) June 20, 2018
The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow and takes on a reddish tint, almost like the entire rock was covered in blood. Another thing that makes this eclipse special is that it will be the longest eclipse of the century, being visible for 1hour and 43minutes.
The total eclipse will occur between 7:30 p.m. UTC (3:30 p.m. Eastern) and 9:13 p.m. UTC (5:13 p.m. Eastern). Roughly an hour before and after the total eclipse, the moon will be partially eclipsed. Maximum eclipse will occur at 8:22 p.m. UTC (4:22 p.m. Eastern).
Here is a selection of amazing lunar eclipse pictures over the years.
7/8/2017— دعنا، أحمد دعنا (@ya_zmm) August 7, 2017
the moon before and during lunar eclipse from Amman pic.twitter.com/rGGmzttnaA
This rare image of the blood moon was taken in 2016! 🔥— Dylan Moore (@MrCPT) January 31, 2018
Today we get to experience a super moon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse for the first time in 152 years! Lion’s Head is the ideal place to experience it. 🌕
📷: https://t.co/kcSqHf1c55 #SuperBlueBloodMoon pic.twitter.com/yJiXfPmG8Q
Not necessarily true..... 😎 (Dec. 2010 lunar eclipse) pic.twitter.com/VsBhQ1ZZDB— Jason Major (@JPMajor) January 30, 2018
The 2009 Total Solar Eclipse in Benaras! Photo by Amit Bhattacharya. pic.twitter.com/tvWro1UHao— Neha Sinha (@nehaa_sinha) August 22, 2017
22 July 2009. The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century (6 mins 38.8 seconds) occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific. pic.twitter.com/vWeTMrWm0h— Prof.Frank McDonough (@FXMC1957) July 22, 2017
Stargazers in East Africa and Central Asia will be treated to a full view of the phenomenon, while those in Western Africa, Eastern Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia will only have a partial view of it. And to make it even exciting, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth in the past 15 years and will be quite visible in the sky as well.
Over the next six weeks, Mars will be closer to earth than it has been in 15 years! Take a look at the night sky through July and enjoy a great view of the 35.8Million miles away "close-up." https://t.co/sEnMNULHIX— Mars One (@MarsOneProject) June 18, 2018
If standing outside under the stars is not your thing you can catch the entire show on The Virtual Telescope Project livestream starting at 6:30 p.m. UTC (2:30 p.m. Eastern). timeanddate.com will begin streaming at 6:00 p.m. UTC (2:00 p.m. Eastern).