Mars will reach closest to Earth in 15 years

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Mars will reach closest to Earth in 15 years

The phase of the total lunar Eclipse will occur at 20:21 GMT (23:21 CET).

ALTHOUGH we don't usually see it, the Earth casts a long shadow out into space opposite the sun. The Moon will disappear into the Earth's darkest shadow known as Umbra, he said.

The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast the total lunar eclipse and Mars opposition live from its position atop the Roman Forum on the Palatine Hill in Rome.

DOUBLE TREAT This composite image created on January 31 shows the moon during a lunar eclipse in Tokyo. However, their appearances are very different. According to him, the moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun. Looking directly at that light requires special glasses to protect the eyes from the sun's brightness. Because solar eclipses are seen by a much smaller section of the population, and the view of the blocked sun is so breathtaking, they create a lot of fanfare. Atmospheres, similar to glass lenses, can refract sunlight.

Unlike the moon, Earth is surrounded by a blanket of air, which refracts the sun's light in a way that makes the moon appear orange-red.

A blood moon lunar eclipse is set to provide a night-time spectacle over the skies of Sheffield this weekend.

Via Denali National Park and Preserve
Via Denali National Park and Preserve

It is believed that moon stopped being habitable around 3 billion years ago, when it cooled too much to keep on giving off the gases needed to maintain its atmosphere.

In addition to the lunar eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest since 2003 and be directly below the moon. "The eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises above the south eastern horizon at about 8.50pm and the total eclipse will end by about 10.15pm". Blue light bends more than red light, so the blue light is more scattered. "From that point onwards, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion".

But dust thrown into the atmosphere by recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala was likely to paint the moon a deeper red. The eclipse will be mainly visible in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia, as well as some parts of South America. Scientists in Antarctica should also have a great view.

The eclipse of the moon will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. But a partial eclipse will begin by 11.55 pm on Friday when the moon starts entering the earth's shadow.

A lunar eclipse will be visible from Prague on the evening of July 27. The total eclipse will end by 2.45 am on Saturday.

According to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and colour the moon red for more than one hour and forty minutes.

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