Blood Moon

Submitted by ub on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:39

Kiss all astronomers and skywatchers because they're in for a rare treat tonight with the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

This is the longest lunar eclipse in the century which will coincide with Mars' closest approach to Earth in 15 years to offer a thrilling astronomical double bill.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth so that our planet blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon.

During tonight's eclipse, the moon will appear red, giving it the nickname Blood Moon, but It won't be visible in North America.
However, will be live-streaming the eclipse beginning at 2 p.m. EDT.

Skywatchers around much of the world are looking forward to today's so-called "blood moon" — a complete lunar eclipse that will also be the longest this century.

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