Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse

Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse

Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse

"I also looked on topographic maps and used Google Street View and found a hill where I could look over a house and see the lunar eclipse".

When the full moon moves into Earth's shadow, it will darken, but it won't disappear.

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.

After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine and cloudless skies, thunderstorms swept across swathes of the United Kingdom on Friday, veiling what was said to be the longest celestial event in the 21st century.

The planet is expected to be visible as a bright red star.

Thousands of Australians armed with telescopes, binoculars and cameras watched the glowing red moon and a shimmering Mars.

The total eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse precedes and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes in the earth's umbral shadow, according to NASA.

Before this, Mars and Earth were seen closest in 2003.

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"And because of the elliptical shape of the orbit, it's even closer than normal; it really is a great time to spot Mars".

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 1930 to 2113 GMT.

The total eclipse was visible from Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and western North America.

Prof O'Brien explained that people in the United Kingdom would "need to have a clear south-eastern horizon as the Moon comes up" in order to see it. The almost two-hour will be visible to people in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to NASA. At that time, it came within 34.6 million miles of earth, marking its closest approach in 60,000 years.

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown.as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange". But for views of elsewhere in the Solar System, Jupiter will be in the southern sky and Venus in the west.

Skygazers hoping to see the rare "blood moon" in the United Kingdom last night were left disappointed as clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon.

"This is a total eclipse at a time in its orbit when it is close to being the farthest from Earth, or at apogee", she said.

Blood moons are not unusual occurrences.

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