Total Eclipse of the Moon on 27 July 2018

Friday, 27 Jul, 2018

No glasses are needed for the lunar eclipse due to its dimmer colour. The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 23h 54m IST on July 27. "Hubble's high-resolution images of our planetary neighbors can only be surpassed by pictures taken from spacecraft that actually visit these bodies", notes the European Space Agency's Hubble site. On a black background.

Today's event would be followed tomorrow morning by another rare happening - an eclipsed moon that could be visible on one horizon while the Sun rose on the other.

The only light on the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

"At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun". The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow. The eclipse will already have started by the time the Moon rises over the United Kingdom and Western Europe. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small.

"The total Eclipse will last for about 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st century".

So where can you see the total lunar eclipse?

The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa and the Middle East between sunset and midnight on July 27.

Wherever you are in Italy the view of the spectacle will all depend on the weather tomorrow night, so we've had a look at the forecast.

The eclipse will turn the light color of the moon to deep red.

St Helens Star
Total Eclipse of the Moon on 27 July 2018

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact times.

The bad news? No one in North America or Greenland will get to see it.

The skies across most of France are set to be mostly clear for Friday's lunar eclipse.

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is quite safe to look at with the naked eye.

According to National Geographic, an Inca myth told the story of a jaguar that attacked and ate the moon (giving it its red colour). Mars will appear 10 times brighter than usual, at magnitude -2.8 on that night.

Mars is reaching its opposition, when it's in alignment on the opposite side of the Earth and the sun.

What makes the celestial event more special is that it will coincide with the fiery planet, Mars, coming closest to the earth in 15 years, causing it to appear the brightest in the evening sky in its reddish-orange hues. "But, it will reach closest to the earth on 31 July, when it will appear the brightest since 2003", said a ministry of earth sciences official.

"It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11:22 p.m".

"Mars will look like this attractive bright red star just below the Moon", said Prof O'Brien.