Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Lunar eclipse: Rare 'blood moon' will be visible in the United Kingdom tonight

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The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna Rossa, is possible because, while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon. However, the phenomenon of totality, which occurs when the moon is completely engulfed in Earth's shadow would last for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, making it the longest total lunar eclipse of the century.

"Although there is a lunar eclipse visible from New Zealand every couple of years, on average, being located in the right place to see a celestial peculiarity like a selenelion is much less frequent, and very few people have witnessed one", said Dr Duncan Steel, of Otago's Centre for Space Science Technology.

But the effects of the stunning astronomical event are already visible, and a British Airways plane has been pictured with the glowing shades of the celestial body in the background on Thursday evening.

Total Lunar Eclipse of July 27, 2018.

The good news is that millions of people around the world - from nearly all of Africa to the vast majority of Asia - will be able to see the moon gradually turn a deep blood red during the total lunar eclipse. It will be preceded and followed by partial eclipses lasting for more than an hour.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one is extra special because it's also the blood moon.

Perihelic opposition can be seen with the naked eye, meaning there is no need for expensive equipment for stargazers to spot the rare event next month. The Moon will rise in a totally-eclipsed state and we will see about three quarters of the total phase of the eclipse.

For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all.

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BSS will host a seminar on lunar eclipse addressed by senior scientist Jayant Murthy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, to dismiss myths and superstitions. While it won't be visible in Canadian skies, there are ways you can see the spectacle for yourself.

This will be the first central lunar eclipse since June 15, 2011.

Why will the eclipse last so long? Steel says that's rare - some places on Earth can go a thousand years without seeing a total solar eclipse.

The further south you are, the better your chance of seeing Saturday's selenelion. Photography enthusiasts are going to be in for a treat!

According to MetService, the Dunedin and Clutha areas will be ideal for watching the selenelion on Saturday morning.

Amy Simon, a Nasa scientist who will make observations of storms on Mars on Friday, said: "It's giving people a chance to go out and look up and remind themselves that there are other things out there that people often forget about as they run from house to vehicle".

"If you have some low powered binoculars you should be able to see the usual lunar features, just in a slightly different set of colours".

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