USA won't see upcoming lunar eclipse

When and where to watch the Blood Moon in Sweden

USA won't see upcoming lunar eclipse

Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere will be best-placed to enjoy the spectacle, especially those in southern Africa, Australia, India and Madagascar, though it will also be partly visible in Europe and South America.

"But when you get really deep lunar eclipses, like we've had a few of over the last couple of years, a really great way to promote that is if you attach the moniker onto it that it's a "blood red" moon and that really engages people to go out and see it". All of Asia (including India), and Eastern Africa will get to watch the entire eclipse including the two partial lunar eclipse. But fret not, as in this technology-driven world, watching the night skies is no problem even if your view of the eclipse is not as clear as you would want it to be. Interestingly, the August 6/7, 2036 eclipse will not have almost as long a totality as the June 25/26, 2029 total lunar eclipse, where totality will last for 102 minutes. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. But on the upside it means it will also take longer for it to pass through the Earth's shadow, making the lunar eclipse the longest eclipse of this century - it is expected to last for nearly two hours.

During an eclipse, most of the light from the Sun is blocked by the Earth as the moon travels through the Earth's shadow.

A super blood moon in Malmö in 2015. Friday's blood moon won't be as big
A super blood moon in Malmö in 2015. Friday's blood moon won't be as big

How do lunar eclipses take place and why don't they happen more often? At its closest point beginning Friday night, the Red Planet will be 35.8 million miles away but will remain at peak brightness through August 3.

The full moon will begin to darken as it enters the Earth's shadow at 7.15pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 9.30pm.

The Earth's shadow passing over the moon.

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In fact, in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 - 13, where verse 12 says: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great natural disaster; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood". In metro cities, space enthusiasts may miss out on watching the moon being eclipsed due to pollution. The total eclipse begins at 8.30 p.m., and ends at 10.13 p.m.

"The second cosmic highlight of the night is a total lunar eclipse, known as the Blood Moon, in the early hours of Saturday".

Also in the celestial mix, Mars will be in opposition on Friday - meaning it and the sun will be on opposite sides of Earth on the same day as the total lunar eclipse.

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The red planet will appear brighter and bigger than usual. The partial eclipse will start again around 3:49 am. Mars is also safe to view with the naked eye.

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