All-star line-up: Blood moon eclipse and a Mars fly-by

It will begin when the full moon enters the Earth's shadow (Penumbra) at 1.14am on July 28. The light of all the sunsets and sunrises occurring simultaneously is reflected off the moon, making it seem red. That means if you're in Rome your best chance of seeing the phenomenon is to climb one of the city's hills, such as Gianicolo, while those outside of the capital would benefit from leaving any forested areas and finding a high point. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red.

During this week's lunar eclipse, however, the moon will pass close to middle of the disk.

The last lunar eclipse visible from North America occurred in late January of 2018. The total phase will be end after midnight, while the partial phase will be end at 1:19am, Saturday, finally the penumbral phase will end at 2:28am, astronomer at Qatar Calendar House (QCH) Dr Beshir Marzouk said.

"Watching that interaction, watching our atmosphere play a role in this visual and very lovely spectacle, there's also science in there, the same science which took hundreds of years to work out why the sky is blue", Prof Coward said. There will also be a street play related to the Moon, she said.

The astronomical event is the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, with totality lasting one hour and 43 minutes, according to NASA. However, Mars's orbit is more elliptical than that of the Earth, meaning that sometimes we pass by closer than other times. Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking out the sun's light and casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
All-star line-up: Blood moon eclipse and a Mars fly-by

"On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime".

A lunar eclipse is when the sunlight's path to the moon is blocked by the Earth, with the moon falling in the Earth's shadow.

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

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.

"First, if we consider Saturn and Jupiter - Saturn goes around the sun every 30 years, while Jupiter goes around it every 12 years, so for a large chunk of time they're on opposite sides of the sky, and never seen at the same time".

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).

  • Joey Payne