Where can you see Friday's 'blood moon'?

Audrey Hill
July 27, 2018

The Guardian had reported that Nigeria and most other parts of the world would on July 27, 2018 experience blood moon- a spectacular total lunar eclipse.

During a total eclipse, the Earth completely obscures sunlight from directly hitting the moon as the sun, the Earth and the moon will be in ideal alignment. The higher you are, the better, because the Sun will be barely clearing the horizon as the Moon sets in the opposite direction. But instead of turning dark like it does in a solar eclipse, atmospheric conditions make the moon appear red.

'The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere'.

Mr Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one is extra special because it's also the blood moon. The website timeanddate.com will be livestreaming the eclipse beginning at 2 p.m. EDT Friday.

A few places in Northern Ireland may be lucky enough to see a so-called blood moon on Friday night.

"Enthusiasts can witness the phenomenon with the naked eye and without any filter", Bharat Kumar of the Breakthrough Science Society (BSS) in Bengaluru said.

If you were standing on the moon at the time of the eclipse, the Earth would look like a black disk outlined in glowing red.

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Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

The eclipse of the moon will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific.

BSS will host a seminar on lunar eclipse addressed by senior scientist Jayant Murthy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, to dismiss myths and superstitions.

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.

Nights before, the effect has already begun with the moon not yet eclipsed by the Earth, but enough to colour it very noticeably.

Opposition occurs when Earth is positioned with the Sun lined up directly behind it, and an outlying planet, such as Mars, Saturn, or Jupiter, lined up on the opposite side.

The next lunar eclipse visible in Brunei will take place on July 17 next year, but it will be a partial one.

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).

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