"This will happen next July 27, 2018 when we will have a wonderful total lunar eclipse, with the moon showing its fantastic red colour and Mars, the Red Planet, will reach its opposition, actually a so-called "great opposition", offering the best observing conditions since 2003".
Taken together, this celestial event will last about an hour and 43 minutes, but a partial Eclipse before and after totality will last an hour and six minutes.
Total lunar eclipses, which occur when the Sun, Earth, and moon are in ideal alignment, with our planet in between the two bodies, are always spectacular. It's called a blood moon because the moon appears to be red. During a total lunar eclipse, the earth blocks direct sunlight reaching the moon. The brighter Mars will remain very close to the eclipsed Moon in the sky on July 27-28 and can be spotted very easily with the naked eye. It is known that the total lunar eclipse will be visible in cities including Delhi, Pune and Mumbai among others.
Mostly a lunar eclipse occurs twice or thrice a year, but this one will be rare owing to its long duration and visibility from globally.
Mars will also be part of the show because the Red Planet and sun will be on opposite sides of Earth, a phenomenon know as Mars opposition.
Christian preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz predicted that a tetrad - that's four lunar eclipses in a row - would hail the end of the world.
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Considering how this will be the longest total lunar eclipse in the century, Petro shelled out some suggestions for those who'll be able to witness it and those who won't.
During the lunar eclipse, the moon will appear red.
According to NASA, the moon moves in an orbit around Earth, and at the same time, Earth orbits the sun. The first phase of the lunar eclipse is expected to set in from 11:54 pm. This means we're blocking the sun from the moon, whereas last time the moon was blocking the sun from us.
Put simply, an eclipse occurs when a planet or moon passes between another planet, the moon or the sun.
Mars' closest approach will be before sunrise on July 31 at 4 a.m. EST and on July 30 at 10 p.m.
The eclipse will be visible in South Africa from 20h24 and then from 21h30 to 23h13.
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