Total Eclipse of the Moon on 27 July 2018

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

Dr Brown said: "The UK will be treated to a rare total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon". And it's considered a "micro moon", though that isn't an official astronomical designation. Additionally, Javascript Lunar Eclipse Explorer (https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/JLEX/JLEX-NA.html) can compute the local circumstances for every lunar eclipse visible from a city for any century from -1999 to 3000.

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

"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".

Sky-watchers will also be able to see Mars burning brightly in the sky, looking like an orange-red star.

Lunar eclipse occurs because the moon is cast in earth's shadow.

Although the actual point of opposition will take place on July 27, Mars will be noticeably larger for the majority of the month of July.

According to him, unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions as they appear dimmer than the full moon.

It's going to be a rare celestial event.

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Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: "The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm".

For those in Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia, the height of the eclipse will be visible before the moon sets early in the morning on July 28.

The eclipse's totality, when the moon passes through Earth's shadow, will last for 1 hour, 43 minutes, the longest for a lunar eclipse this century.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive and I'll certainly be looking out for it!" Scientists call this kind of moon a "blood moon".

"Hence the appellation of "Blood Moon". This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned in a straight line.

The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle. From Whanganui to Wellington there is just a slim chance of glimpsing the totally-eclipsed Moon as the Sun peeks above the horizon.

Ale said that not all full moon has eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun, pointing out that when the planes coincide and the Earth passes in between the Moon and the Sun, it cut off the sun rays from reaching the moon directly and thereby causing an eclipse.

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