Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings In India, FAQs On Blood Moon, Chandra Grahan

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
Don't miss tomorrow's Blood Moon — the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century
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27 July, 2018

"We haven't had one in Ireland in about three years".

Mars wouldn't be at its closest to Earth until about 3.50pm on Tuesday.

A few other planets are also visible in the coming weeks. The Moon is called Blood Moon since Moon takes a reddish hue.

The best conditions to view the spectacle will be in southern Italy, the Balkans and eastern Europe.

The good news is that millions of people around the world - from nearly all of Africa to the vast majority of Asia - will be able to see the moon gradually turn a deep blood red during the total lunar eclipse.

"It's safe to say the viewing across Australia will generally be pretty good; most of the capital cities will be able to see something", Ms Sturrock told AAP.

Total lunar eclipse is very rare and only 30 per cent of all lunar eclipses are total. The higher you are, the better, because the Sun will be barely clearing the horizon as the Moon sets in the opposite direction.

As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown.

In east Africa: the partial eclipse will begin at 9.30pm EAT, with the moon completely red between 10.30pm and 12.13am. This causes the Earth's atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light, making the moon appear red.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings In India, FAQs On Blood Moon, Chandra Grahan

The only light on the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

Star gazers, rejoice! Catch the longest lunar eclipse of the century in Singapore, on Saturday, 28 July 2018!

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will also be visible to eagle-eyed skygazers.

"It's a co-incidence, basically", astronomer Dr Grant Christie said.

In addition, the Earth is closer to the Sun during the northern hemisphere summer so its shadow is larger than average, he said.

Added to that were the unusual cameos of Mercury and Venus - planets that were more typically perched either just to the east or west of the Sun. During the Mars opposition, Mars will be about five times brighter than usual!

"While more common than the solar eclipse, the event is nonetheless fairly unusual, with even partial eclipses rarely happening a couple of times or twice per year and each is only visible from a portion of the Earth".

"If this was happening in the pre-dawn sky, we wouldn't be paying much attention, but when they're all there in the evening sky, people are more likely to take notice".

The event is co-organised by the Survey Department of the Ministry of Development, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali and the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam.

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