Planetarium to make arrangements for viewing Blood Moon

Planetarium to make arrangements for viewing Blood Moon

Meanwhile, viewers in Europe are reasonably well-positioned to see the lunar eclipse - you'll likely see a partial Blood Moon - but those located in North Africa won't be able to watch (other than through webcasts). "Star-gazers in areas near the Middle East, south or eastern Africa, western and southeast Asia and India will be able to catch a glimpse of the celestial event as long as the weather permits". From 21h30 until 23h13, it will be totally eclipsed, but faintly lit by light refracted by the Earth's atmosphere, which should give it a pale reddish colour.

In Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane the moon will begin to turn red at around 4.24am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday. On July 31, the red planet will be only 35.8 million miles away from Earth, making it clearly visible to the naked eye.

While we typically experience between one and four lunar eclipses every year, this week's will be remarkably rare. Even after all these years, scientists are still learning about the moon from lunar eclipses.

This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003.

Here's when totality will begin in the regions where the entire eclipse will be visible.

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This time, the moon would pass right through the centre of the earth's shadow which makes it the first central lunar eclipse after the one in June 2011, B G Sidharth, Director of BM Birla Science Centre here said. There are two types of lunar eclipses: total lunar eclipses and partial lunar eclipses. The moon will start to turn red from about 5.30am.

An opposition can occur anywhere in the planet's orbit and when it happens while Mars is at its closest to the sun, the event is known as perihelic opposition.

The Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and thanks to some quirky physics, will colour the moon red for more than 100 minutes, according to NASA.

The society says the moon will rise at 8.49pm in London and at 9.22pm in Edinburgh, ending around 12.28am - and all you'll need to see it is a pair of binoculars. Cloudy skies could play spoilsport for those who are interested in watching the total lunar eclipse. Those of you in the United Kingdom should look for this eclipse starting in at around 11PM (that's 23:00 hours) local time.

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