How to watch Blood Moon and Mars at opposition online this week

Michele Stevens
July 26, 2018

The eclipse will be visible all across the globe, except North America. The entire event, from the moment Earth's shadow starts to fall upon the moon's edge to the time when the bright full moon emerges, will take nearly 4 hours.

For the duration of the total lunar eclipse, the Moon will be completely engulfed by the Earth's shadow.

And the sunlight that does manage to pass through Earth's atmosphere and reach the moon makes the moon look red - because most of the blue light has been filtered out by Earth's atmosphere, NASA said.

The part of Canada with the best vantage point of the total lunar eclipse will be from Newfoundland, just as the Moon rises at night.

The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

The Red Moon was clearly captured in Istanbul, Turkey, in January of this year. It should be visible in Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, etc, but the weather forecast will end up playing a role in this. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small.

The Mars opposition takes place every two years or so and occurs when Mars, Earth and the Sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits.

There's also a partial lunar eclipse in July of 2019 in the United States.

Christian preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz predicted that a tetrad - that's four lunar eclipses in a row - would hail the end of the world. The time of greatest eclipse will be at 4:21 p.m.

This is due to the moon being below the horizon in Britain when the eclipse begins.

The moon will start changing shape when it enters the shadow of the Earth at 8.24pm before it is fully eclipsed from 9.30pm to 11.13pm. This day will also be a 'Blood Moon, ' where the earth's satellite takes on a reddish hue.

Fiery Mars will add to the spectacle as it appears directly below the blood moon at close to its maximum brightness. The moon will turn a spectacular reddy-brown colour, which you won't need any special equipment to view (unlike with solar eclipses).

Unfortunately, given that the total eclipse is scheduled to occur from 3:30 5:13 p.m. EDT, North Americans will be unable to observe the epic celestial event.

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