When, how and where to watch the total lunar eclipse in India

Ismael LynchJul 29, 2018

Also, on July 27, Mars will pass closer to Earth than it has done for 15 years.

Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon. However, in North America can not be seen.

This happens because the Sun, Earth and Moon are in flawless alignment during a lunar eclipse.

The lunar eclipse will follow on the 27th and the eclipse season will end with another partial solar eclipse on August 11, which will also be visible here in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, this eclipse will start at 10:02:08 and end at 13:30:40.

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.

"Sometimes, the moon passes through the lighter part of Earth's shadow, causing a penumbral eclipse and total eclipse occur when the Earth completely block Sun rays from reaching the moon", he said.

In addition to the lunar eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest since 2003 and be directly below the moon.

DOUBLE TREAT This composite image created on January 31 shows the moon during a lunar eclipse in Tokyo.

The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand says the country will see the start of the eclipse as the Moon moves into the penumbra (Earth's outer shadow).

However, the drop in natural light pollution during the total lunar eclipse will allow people to see more of the dimmer meteors. While this event may not seem as dramatic in comparison, the Moon will still be observed in hues of scarlet red. Places with an unobstructed view of the moonrise include Letná Park and parts of Vyšehrad, though by the time the moon reaches full eclipse it should be visible from much of the city where tall buildings or hills are not in the way.

Mars will be at its closest point to Earth on July 31.

A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth takes position in a straight line between the moon and sun, blotting out the direct sunlight that normally makes our satellite glow whitish-yellow.

The total lunar eclipse and blood moon will play out in select regions of the world, as North America and the north-western parts of South America will not be able to witness the event.

One of the folklore states that women should avoid staring at the eclipsed moon for a long time as they may get pregnant.

East Africa, the Middle East and a region of Central Asia stretching as far east as India and as far north as parts of southern Russian Federation should get a spectacular view of the so-called blood moon.

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