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Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years this weekend

Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years this weekend

But from 10.15pm until 11.20pm, the sun will have descended a bit and the moon will have risen further creating a better image for viewers of the eclipse. The bulletin said the monsoon currents were weak, which leaves open the prospect of clear skies.

This is sometimes referred to as a 'micromoon, ' and is the opposite of the well-known supermoon, or perigee (when the moon is at its closest to Earth).

The longest total lunar eclipse is set to dazzle most of the world, except the US. It is going to be the longest eclipse of the 21st century Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon. The full Eclipse can be seen in nearly all parts of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Australia. Lunar eclipses happen when the moon passes behind the Earth into its shadow.

Even when the moon is fully in Earth's shadow, some sunlight still gets to it because Earth's atmosphere acts as a weak lens, bending the rays of the sun so that they can fall onto the moon. A total lunar eclipse happens in case the moon enters the shadow of the Earth completely.

It's called a selenelion and it's when you can see an eclipsed Moon on the western horizon and the rising Sun on the eastern horizon.

The long duration of this eclipse is partly due to the fact that the moon will make a near-central passage through the Earth's shadow, or umbra.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, it is safe to look at without special glasses. The moon will take on a red or brown colour during a selenelion because it will be eclipsed by the earth.

On the same night, the planet Mars will also be visible with the naked eye as it comes the closest it has ever been to Earth in 15 years.

The study concluded that various environmental conditions could have existed on the Moon, at two points in history.

If clouds and heavy rains do not play spoilsport, then the astro-enthusiasts can watch out for the total lunar eclipse and other planets through the telescopic observation arranged by KSSTM at Priyadarshini Planetariam here, said BSS member and scientist PP Rajeevan.

On Earth, the earliest evidence of life can be traced to cyanobacteria fossils between 3.5 billion and 3.8 billion years old. Here are the most important factors to note about the Lunar eclipse on July 27.

The phenomenon will follow the "Super Blue Blood Moon" occurred on January 31 which was termed as a once in a lifetime event combining a supermoon, blue moon and blood moon.

Because blue and violet wavelengths are scattered more than red and orange, more of the red wavelengths reach the Moon, making it appear that shade.

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