According to scientists, the longest total lunar eclipse of the century will take place this Friday, and it will turn the moon into a reddish sphere.
NASA says that this lunar eclipse will last for one hour and 43 minutes with total visibility in Central Asia and Eastern Africa.
The residents from most parts of the world will also get to see at least a partial eclipse. On the other hand, it will not be visible from North America, unfortunately.
According to scientists, in the U.S. the period of the totality of the eclipse will start at around 4:21 p.m. Eastern time and it be too light outside to be able to see the red moon.
Why is the moon red?
During a lunar eclipse, the mon appears to be reddish because it lines up perfectly with the Earth and sun and the Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light totally.
This way, the moon loses its brightness which is caused by the sun’s light, and it will take on an eerie red glow. This is why the moon gets nicknamed blood moon.
According to scientists, the lunar eclipse that will take place this Friday will be unusually long because the moon is passing almost directly via the central part of the Earth’s shadow.
It will fall just 4 minutes shy of the longest possible time that a lunar eclipse could last and this is what makes it so exciting.
Mars makes a close approach to Earth
People who aren’t able to see the lunar eclipse this month, July brings another treat for sky gazers when Mars makes a close approach to Earth.
The planet will appear about ten times brighter than usual the last few days of the month, with peak brightness occurring on July 31.
This time, everyone in the world will have the possibility to see this fantastic celestial phenomenon if the sky is not cloudy.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.