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This Word Means: Blood moon

30 July 2018

The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years today to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill.

Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3h 49m IST on July 28.

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 3:30 5:13 p.m. ET.

Of the 7.4 billion people on Earth, about 7 billion people could - in theory - see the eclipse, except for those in North America and Greenland, where time of day didn't allow.

The celestial event, where the moon will line up with the Earth and the sun, will be seen across the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

The phenomenon occurs when the moon and the sun are at opposite sides of the Earth.

Moreover, the Sun and Mars will also lie opposite to each other, keeping the Earth in the middle.

Grand parade of planets: Timings of total Lunar Eclipse falls within a time window of couple of days when many planets will be bright enough and close enough to be visible together in the sky even with naked eye, claimed Mr Sarkar.

Coincidentally, Mars was also at its brightest, putting two bright red objects in the sky.

While the whole of Asia, including India, and Eastern Africa will be able to watch the entire "blood moon" eclipse, the rare phenomenon will be visible in parts of South-America, Europe, and Australia. Weather permitting, it should be visible throughout the country. Prime viewing locations for the four-hour long event included Cairo, Egypt; Santorini, Greece; and Harare, Zimbabwe.

Friday night's blood moon will be the longest-lasting so far this century. "Bloody" referred to the moon during the Eclipse. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere. - AFP A "blood moon" eclipse is pictured with a sculpture by the American artist Jonathan Borofsky "Woman walking to the sky" in Strasbourg, eastern France.

Australians eager to catch a glimpse of a once-in-a-lifetime "blood moon" set their alarms for early on Saturday morning in order to catch the 4.24am eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind Earth, so that the Earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon.

The blood moon from Terry Hills, New South Wales.

This Word Means: Blood moon