Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Blood Moon 2018 Date

Blood Moon 2018 Date

I can safely say there is absolutely nothing to worry about when a total lunar eclipse occurs.

Whether you believe an event like a blood moon has prophetic significance, or is simply part of the way God created the heavenly bodies, it is most certainly an opportunity to marvel at the wonder of Creation.

According to experts at EarthSky, Britons will be able to see the blood moon from 7.30pm until 9.13pm.

And if that's not enough celestial excitement for you, in late July stargazers will also get an unparalleled view of Mars as the red planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.

The total lunar eclipse, which will last one hour and 43 minutes, is being touted as the longest of this century.

New Zealand does see the earlier stages of the eclipse, with the Moon entering the penumbra - or light shadow - at 5.14am and the umbra - dark shadow - at 6.24am.

As of now, the eclipse can be seen only on

"My favorite time to watch the full moon is as it is rising over the eastern horizon". In Asia, Australia and Indonesia, the greatest view of the eclipse will be during morning hours.

According to The Weather Channel, on July 31, Mars will move within 35.8 million miles of Earth. "It's incredibly bright and incredibly red", Griffin said. The next year with two total lunar eclipses is 2022.

The low arc of the June full moon across the sky means moonlight must travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere, which gives it an orange or yellow tint. Also, a "blood moon" occurs during a lunar eclipse, when the Earth comes between the Moon and the Sun, and casts its shadow over it.

Those in the Midwest, Plains and parts of the South are expected to have good viewing conditions, although spotty thunderstorms could block the sky in some areas, Dolce said. The 2003 close approach was the closest in almost 60,000 years, with the two planets within 55.8m km of each other.

The blood moon of 2018 will be visible on July 27, when the first lunar eclipse of the century blackens the sky.

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