Sunday, 19 August, 2018


US won't see upcoming lunar eclipse

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton Image Where will the eclipse be visible? Pic Piruliton
Kristine Garrett | 26 July, 2018, 23:41

Other incidences of central lunar eclipses will occur in April 2099, June 2094, September 2090, May 2087 and January 2084.

This total lunar eclipse will be rare, because it will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, where the duration of all phases of lunar eclipse will be six hours and fourteen minutes from start time till end time.

Total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of Asia (including Qatar), Africa, Europe, Australia, Southern America, and parts of Northern America. This lunar eclipse will be a dark one. This phase will be visible only with telescopes. During this time, the moon will be under the complete shadow of the Earth for one hour and forty-three minutes.

The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019.

And finally, there will be a conjunction between Mars and the moon.

The astronomy expert told Express.co.uk: "The lunar eclipse is a very obvious, naked-eye sight".

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

The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.

If you live in North America, you will not be able to see the marathon celestial event in person - unless you live in the far eastern part of Newfoundland.

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Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

And yes, you'll likely hear this eclipse being referred to as the "blood moon".

Sunlight directly blocked by the Earth will cast a strong shadow across the face of the Moon, much like the Moon directly blocks sunlight when passing in front of the Earth during a solar eclipse.

Ale said that not all full moon has eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun, pointing out that when the planes coincide and the Earth passes in between the Moon and the Sun, it cut off the sun rays from reaching the moon directly and thereby causing an eclipse.

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

Even though the Earth will be lined up directly between the moon and the sun, the moon will not be blacked out completely.

And last but not least: Mars just happens to be in opposition on Friday night as well.

"All you have to do is dress warmly and go outside!" the Royal Astronomical Society advises.

But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find the ideal spot to see the red moon coming over the horizon, you'll still be able to get a good view once it rises in the sky.

"All eclipses are spectacular", the society's Robert Massey added.

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