Starwatch: red marvel that is a lunar eclipse

Theresa Obrien
July 26, 2018

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow. From 21h30 until 23h13, it will be totally eclipsed, but faintly lit by light refracted by the Earth's atmosphere, which should give it a pale reddish colour. This eclipse will be the last one we see in Australia until May 2021, so astronomy enthusiasts should set their alarms for the early morning wake-up.

It can occur only on the night of a full moon.

If you're planning to watch it online it begins at 1:14 p.m. ET, and maximum totality, or the blood moon, begins at 04:21 p.m. ET. That's because when Earth's shadow falls on the moon, instead of going dark, our satellite transforms into what is commonly called a 'blood moon.' Though regarded as a bad omen by some, there is a perfectly logical scientific explanation for the spooky color.

Limassol and Dubai will offer some of the best views of the full eclipse beginning at 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m local time.

For people in the United Kingdom, the "blood moon" will rise in the south-eastern sky already immersed completely in the Earth's shadow.

Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore
Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore

According to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and colour the moon red for more than one hour and forty minutes. Although the moon is in Earth's shadow, some sunlight reaches the moon. However, only people in certain areas will be able to view the eclipse from start to finish. Residents in most of the world will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

What is a Blood Moon?

Even after all these years, scientists are still learning about the moon from lunar eclipses.

The live stream, which you can find here, will kick off on the night of the eclipse at 7.30pm BST (6.30pm UTC). NASA can learn what the moon's surface is made of from this data. Home blessings also can be done during an eclipse with cleansing during the Eclipse time, followed by protection and energizing at the culmination of the Eclipse.

Protective eyewear was recommended during the recent solar eclipse to protect people's eyes from the sun's bright light. The corona is the sun's top layer.

At the same time, Mars will hang just below the moon and shine brighter than it ever has in 15 years.

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