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Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years this weekend

30 July 2018

According to astronomers, the total lunar will last for about one hour and 43 minutes - 27 minutes longer than January 31's Super Blue Blood Moon, which lasted for one hour and 16 minutes. An hour later the moon will clear the full shadow of the Earth and after a further hour and 10 minutes completely out of the partial shadow. For those unaware, a lunar eclipse is a phenomenon the moon passes behind the Earth and into its shadow, and sunlight is unable to reach it.

This happens because the Sun, Earth and Moon are in flawless alignment during a lunar eclipse. Once the moon is fully eclipsed (at around 3.30am), depending on conditions, it may start to appear red due to the sun's light being refracted through the Earth's atmosphere and onto the moon. Earth's air also scatters more shorter-wavelength light (in colors such as green or blue); what's left is the longer-wavelength, redder end of the spectrum.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon".

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The areas of our planet from which this can be experienced were very limited, because the total lunar eclipse must be ongoing at the time of moonset and sunrise. However, in North America can not be seen.

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If the weather cooperates, most of eastern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia should see the full and total lunar eclipse on Friday.

A lunar eclipse will be visible from Prague on the evening of July 27. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions".

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It is also believed that the early moon had a magnetosphere - a magnetic field which would have deflected the sun's deadly electromagnetic radiation - similar to Earth's.

The scientific duo supports their theory with the results of recent space missions and analyzes of samples of lunar rocks and soils that show that the Moon is not as dry as scientists long thought. While some tabloids have predicted the lunar eclipse will mean some tragic event or even the end of the world, there is not cause for concern.

A majority of Earth is in for an astronomical treat on Friday: the longest total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, in a century.

Protective eyewear was recommended during the solar eclipse to protect people's eyes from the bright light of the sun. With the light of the moon blocked by earth's shadow, it is the flawless time to view stars and celestial bodies not often seen by the naked eye.

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Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years this weekend