Posts on social media that have gone viral claim that Mars will appear as large as the moon tonight, that is not true. The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 23h 54m IST on July 27. Both are resources that provide live-streaming of astronomical events.
Many of us might have read of events happening across the world that give us hint of the end of the world. While they will show the entire eclipse, if you're looking for totality, it occurs from 3:30 p.m. ET to 5:13 p.m. ET. But that's not all.
In a special treat, Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter. Caroline Southey asked Dr Daniel Cunnama to explain the significance. For that reason, lunar eclipses separated by a full Saros cycle have similar features, including the time of the year and the distance of the Moon from the Earth.
A significant celestial event will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow night as the moon is totally eclipsed by the Earth for 103 minutes, turning it a deep shade of red.
As Mars makes its glowing appearance, some parts of the world will also see what astronomers say will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the century. The Moon will turn red only at the highest point of the total lunar eclipse, which starts around 1 AM on the night of July 28.More news: 911 call of Demi Lovato emergency released; singer to enter rehab
The next time a similarly extended eclipse will happen again is in 2025. This phase will proceed into a total eclipse by 1 am on Saturday, which will stay till 2.43 am.
The best areas to see the eclipse include South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. But longest lunar eclipse is technically not great, because you can't see the eclipse moving. During opposition, as NASA explains it, Mars and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth. This means it will be very bright - even brighter than Jupiter. The sky was clear enough to give them ideal views of a lovely sunrise, but cloud on the opposite horizon blocked views of the moon.
He said that the occurrence necessitated the need for scientists to continue monitoring and exploring the dynamics of the motion and the phenomena associated with them.
But not everyone was able to see the eclipse. So it's anyone's guess just how red this eclipse will be.
"Since the moon is bright anyway, you'll be able to see it regardless of light pollution, but to see the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars nearly in line with the moon, you'll want a nice dark spot where light from the city or streets does not pollute the sky too much", Knowles said.