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The blood moon lunar eclipse is here (and so is Mars)

The blood moon lunar eclipse is here (and so is Mars)

A partial lunar eclipse, as seen from Gaza City on Friday, July 27.

The total eclipse would be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America on Friday and Saturday. The moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

"There is no reason to believe Blood Moons foretell doom", he said.

Residents in certain parts of the world will witness a rare sight on Friday, as a lunar eclipse and the closest approach of the planet Mars in 15 years will both occur at the same time.

The lunar eclipse can be seen from anywhere on the night side of Earth.

If the rain clouds permitted, the moon will appear entirely red or ruddy brown in the whole of India at 10:44 pm local time and will reach "totality" past midnight.

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Skygazers in South America will be able to see part of the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27.

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When the moon moved into the conical shadow of the earth, it went from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.

The Mars opposition occurs when the Sun, Earth and Mars align in a straight line.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones.

From Russia to Sydney, Germany to Abu Dhabi, thousands of people witnessed a attractive crimson globe as the full moon crossed the centre of the Earth's shadow.

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.

North America will nearly completely miss out on the blood moon.

"The moon is passing very close to the center of Earth's shadow, so it is passing on a chord that nearly equals the full diameter of the shadow", Steve Edberg, an astronomer who recently retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the Los Angeles Times.