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Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

"It's called a blood moon because the light from the sun goes through the Earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon and the Earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down, it goes red".

New Zealand will get a short glimpse at the longest lunar eclipse of the century on Saturday morning.

Friday's eclipse is the first to be visible from Ireland since September 2015 and will be the longest of this century.

Those up the top of the country won't be able to see it.

The celestial effects of the total lunar eclipse will be visible in all Indian cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, and Mumbai among other cities.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth and Moon are perfectly aligned.

Social media is already flooded with excited Europeans exclaiming at the wondrous sight as the glow get brighter and redder ever night, as only red and yellow light can pass through the Earth's atmosphere.

If you were standing on the moon at the time of the eclipse, the Earth would look like a black disk outlined in glowing red.

"The light from the sun goes through the Earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon, and the Earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down, it goes red", astronomy professor Andrew Fabian, of the University of Cambridge, told Reuters.
Although there is a lunar eclipse visible from NZ 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.

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Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

Mars is reaching its opposition, when it's in alignment on the opposite side of the Earth and the sun. That means it will be shining extra-bright in the night's sky.

"On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime".

Mercury was now not as visible as it had been, but Venus could still be viewed more clearly than normal.

"All eclipses are spectacular", the Royal Astronomical Society's Robert Massey said.

While most are familiar with the scientific explanation, the phenomenon would have struck terror into our ancestors. The partial eclipse starts in India at 11:44pm IST, while the total eclipse begins at 1am IST. Will continue till early hours of July 28. "It's not surprising people were terrified by it".

The places a selenelion can be seen are limited because everything must line up.

Try to find an open space or high hilltop clear of trees and tall buildings around you.

What are the chances of seeing it?

He said this eclipse will be even longer than the one in January which was close to 45 minutes long.

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