Red planet and ‘blood moon pair up to dazzle skygazers

BLOOD MOON

BLOOD MOON

The eclipse lasted an hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

The entire phenomenon lasted three hours and 54 minutes, according to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The almost two-hour will be visible to people in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to NASA. The eclipse will be visible from eastern South America as it is ending, and from Australia as it is beginning.

Kenyans witnessed the rare occurrence by simply looking in the sky, with the only limitation being cloud cover in some parts of the country.

"I also looked on topographic maps and used Google Street View and found a hill where I could look over a house and see the lunar eclipse".

"This is a total eclipse at a time in its orbit when it is close to being the farthest from Earth, or at apogee", she said.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth, so that our planet blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon.

Eclipses have inspired awe and terror throughout history.

The rising full moon will also change from shining silver to deep blood-red during the eclipse.

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Until science put the record straight, folk tales abounded about such occurrences, with some civilisations attributing them to conflicts between the gods. It happens when the sun, Earth, and moon are perfectly lined up, which means the Earth's shadow completely covers the moon. "The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere".

Mars will actually be at its closest approach since 2003 on Monday and Tuesday, when it is 35.78 million miles away. Although we haven't had much luck in catching the creatures from the Red Planet, here is our chance to catch the planet itself, well, in the night sky.

While this picture shows the blood moon next to Polant's statue of Nike, the goddess of victory.

The eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. The centre's curator, Ramswaroop, said: "The lunar eclipse will likely be for around six hours".

Scientists describe a total lunar eclipse as a "freak of cosmic happenstance".

Rain clouds and thunderstorms could prevent skygazers from seeing the "blood moon" lunar eclipse as forecasters warn of torrential downpours across eastern parts of Great Britain.

The earliest evidence for life on Earth comes from fossilised cyanobacteria that are between 3.5 and 3.8 billion years old. The organization has published a of all lunar eclipses until 2100, and it doesn't expect another totality as long as this one within the century.

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