'Blood moon' on its way - with God of War in tow


Next week, the red planet is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.

"It is occurring at a time when the moon is at its farthest distance from the earth and so it will be the longest total lunar eclipse in this century".

In the Philippines, the lunar eclipse will occur on early Saturday dawn, starting at about 1:14 a.m. and will last for about 103 minutes, Raymundo said.

The balance of Asia and Europe, as well as Africa and Antarctica, will be able to see the entirety of the eclipse.

"That is why a full moon at or near lunar apogee adds to the duration of a total lunar eclipse", Debiprosad Duari, director, Research and Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, MP Birla Planetarium, told Indian news agency PTI.

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower peaks on July 30, but the light pollution from the moon will make it hard to see numerous dimmer meteors on the night that the shower reaches its peak.

Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more.

There is strong evidence of a large amount of water in the lunar mantle that is thought to have been deposited very early on in the Moon's formation, researchers said.

When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.

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The first event to create a habitable environment on the Moon could be four billion years ago when a proto-Earth collided with some other body and ended up forming the Earth and the Moon.

Talking to Community about the eclipse in Qatar, Dr Beshir Marzouk, an astronomer at the Qatar Calendar House, said, "The eclipsed moon will be visible in Qatar and all Arab countries".

During a lunar eclipse, however, the Earth passes between the moon and the sun, casting its shadow - known as the umbra - onto the moon.

The Eclipse is expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until the eclipse ends around 12:30am of the 28th of July 2018.

Now's the time to catch Mars in the night sky.

Across the world, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, people will turn their eyes to the sky, hoping to see the blood moon, which appears orange, brown or crimson as sunlight is bent through the earth's atmosphere.

Lunar eclipses also turn the Moon red, a phenomenon which is called a "blood Moon".

Those lucky enough to see the 2018 lunar eclipse could also be treated to a view of Mars and the Milky Way, which will be to the left of the moon. The Middle East, west and central Asia, as well as major parts of Africa will join India in spotting these celestial phenomena.