Waterfront telescopes will give great views of century's longest lunar eclipse

Waterfront telescopes will give great views of century's longest lunar eclipse

"This will happen next July 27, 2018 when we will have a wonderful total lunar eclipse, with the moon showing its awesome red colour and Mars, the Red Planet, will reach its opposition, actually a so-called "great opposition", offering the best observing conditions since 2003". We'll be treated to a total lunar eclipse on January 19, 2019, that will be visible from from North and South America, Europe, Africa. The partial eclipses that lead up to and follow the total eclipse will last an hour and 6 minutes each.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly behind the earth and the moon is eclipsed by the shadow of the earth. However, since the Earth's atmosphere scatters shorter wavelength light (colors like green or blue), only the longer wavelengths, or the redder-end of the spectrum, reach the surface of the moon, causing it to appear reddish-brown.

It is going to be the longest eclipse of the 21st century Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon. A "blood moon" and lunar eclipse are coming Friday!

In Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane the moon will begin to turn red at around 4.24am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday. They can be viewed directly with the naked eye.

Unlike with solar eclipses, no special equipment is required to observe lunar eclipses. The entire U.S. won't be able to see a full lunar eclipse again until January.

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Also of interest, Mars will be visible very close to the eclipsed moon.

Come Friday and the world is set to behold a spectacle of the rarest of rare variety-the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century.

Western Australia will be the only state in Australia to catch the entire eclipse, with first glimpse expected around 3.14am (AEST) as it begins. Those of you in the United Kingdom should look for this eclipse starting in at around 11PM (that's 23:00 hours) local time. What people see from Earth during a partial lunar eclipse depends on how the sun, Earth and moon are lined up.

'The colour is due to Rayleigh scattering - where the sun's blue light is scattered off molecules in the earth's atmosphere - which also happens at sunsets. "The last opposition of Mars, which means the Sun, Earth and the Red planet are lined up, occurred in 2003".

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