‘Blood moon’ on its way - with God of War in tow

‘Blood moon’ on its way - with God of War in tow

The moon is going to disappear for six hours next week in a mega lunar eclipse - the longest for the entire 21st century.

For more detailed information on exactly when you can view the July 2018 lunar eclipse, plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer.

This total lunar eclipse also coincides with the lunar apogee when the moon is farthest from the earth. That eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 46.4 minutes.

The length of the total eclipse is determined by the position of the moon as it passes through the Earth's shadow.

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For people on Australia's east coast, the lunar eclipse will begin at about 3.15am.

The total eclipse will begin at 9.30 pm when the moon rises and will reach its peak at around 10.20pm. Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit".

So the Moon during the Eclipse can be red, brown, copper-red or even orange. The total lunar eclipse will last almost 103 minutes, which makes it the century's longest.

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The good news is that the next total lunar eclipse, scheduled to occur on January 21, 2019, will be visible to all North American residents. The moon will turn into a dark glowing red disc, which is from the sun's rays passing through Earth's atmosphere and being filtered by it. "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".

The eclipse will be visible from Central Asia and Eastern Africa with reduced visibility in Europe, Western Africa, South America and parts of Southeast Asia and Australia.

You've probably heard the term Blood Moon bandied around the past few weeks.

As explained by the CSIRO the Warlpiri people, who live mostly north and west of Alice Springs, say a lunar eclipse is caused when the Sun-woman makes up ground during her threatening pursuit of the Moon-man.

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Unlike a solar eclipse, both the eclipsed moon and Mars can be viewed safely without eye protection.

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