Will Dundonians see rare blood moon tonight?

  • Will Dundonians see rare blood moon tonight?

Will Dundonians see rare blood moon tonight?

The total eclipse will last 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

The eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America and in the United Kingdom from around 21:00 to 22:15 BST.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres.

According to TimeandDate.com, the partial eclipse will begin at 2.24 a.m. on July 28 Taipei time, with the total eclipse beginning at 3.30 a.m.

For those in the Middle East and Madagascar, the eclipse will occur about midnight, and people in Europe and Africa will have the best view between sunset and midnight.

Friday night's lunar eclipse will be more than 20 minutes longer than the last one, which occurred earlier this year on January 31.

Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between Moon and Sun.

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Our red moon will have some company Friday, when Mars is the closest to Earth that it's been in 15 years.

The site also has interactive maps that show which regions will see a partial or total eclipse.

A significant celestial event will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow night as the moon is totally eclipsed by the Earth for 103 minutes, turning it a deep shade of red.

In mainland France, the eclipse will be visible from 10 pm - 10.30 pm and it is expected to last until almost 12.30 am.

And finally - the Moon is near apogee (the most distant point in its orbit) around the July full moon, Edberg said.

It will be visible from about 9.30pm until around 11.20pm - however the best time to view it should be after 10.15pm.

According to Hazarry, stargazers should be able to see the red planet appear as a very bright reddish "star" rising on the eastern sky at around 8pm from Brunei. But the indirect sunlight that does reach appears red in colour, because our atmosphere only allows the red light to pass. It will not be visible in North America and much of the Pacific Ocean because there it will be morning or afternoon. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small.

The longest blood moon of the century is set to grace British skies tonight as the Earth, Sun and Moon perfectly line up.

"Enthusiasts can witness the phenomenon with the naked eye and without any filter", Bharat Kumar of the Breakthrough Science Society (BSS) in Bengaluru said. "Its pale orange colour is unmistakable", said Diana Hannikainen, observing editor, Sky and Telescope magazine. But, they add that Mars will still remain nearly as bright for several weeks, as it glides a little higher above the horizon in evening twilight.