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"It's also cool that [the eclipse] occurs on the night that Mars reaches opposition, so (for people on the other side of the world) you'll have a red moon six degrees north of the Red Planet". When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep reed in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

The super blue blood moon was covered by cloud for many Kiwis.

The Earth is in waiting of a total lunar eclipse.

The lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes long, close to the theoretical longest lunar eclipse possible and the longest of the 21st century. Earth casts a shadow opposite from the sun - and the moon can occasionally run through the shadow.

There may have been two windows of habitability for the Moon, according to new research by University of London's Professor Ian Crawford and Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University.

A lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon, casting a shadow over its satellite. It will signal the opposite of the well-known "supermoon" - a relatively tiny-looking moon called a "micromoon". Colours at the blue end of the spectrum - like violet, blue and green, get scattered by earth's atmosphere while the longer wavelength, red end of the spectrum gets directed on to the surface of the moon.

"Bloody" referred to the moon during the Eclipse.

However, the Irish Astronomical Association has warned that we won't see all of the eclipse because the moon will already be in shadow as it rises above the horizon from Ireland.

In the Philippines, the lunar eclipse will occur on early Saturday dawn, starting at about 1:14 a.m. and will last for about 103 minutes, Raymundo said.

During the eclipse, the moon will first pass through the Earth's faint shadow known as the penumbra.

"If you're living in [a city] then there's a lot of light pollution from the night sky, so the contrast between the moon and the sky won't be as great", he said.

Our neighboring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometers (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

And the whole moody effect will be amplified by Mars appearing directly below it, boosting its brightness. However, since the monsoon season has just begun in India, if the weather remains cloudy, you will need a decent set of telescope in order to watch the Blood Moon with details. "It's very hard to capture one", Steel said. The occurrence of eclipse does not happen every time the moon orbits the earth.

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

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