The longest total lunar eclipse of this century is happening this Friday!

Monday, 30 Jul, 2018

The bulletin said the monsoon currents were weak, which leaves open the prospect of clear skies.

To mark this spectacle the Institute for Space Science & Astronomy (ISSA) has teamed up with the Astronomical Society of Malta, the Department of Physics, Esplora Interactive Science Centre, and Heritage Malta to organise a special event at Valletta's Fort St Elmo this Friday.

The longest total lunar eclipse is set to dazzle most of the world, except the US.

"It is occurring at a time when the moon is at its farthest distance from the earth and so it will be the longest total lunar eclipse in this century".

Prime viewing is in eastern and southern Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe and south Asia, based on a NASA map. This so-called "blood moon" is really a lunar eclipse-that is, the sun, earth, and moon will all line up so that the shadow cast by the earth will fall upon the moon. "However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour, hence this event's somewhat ominous moniker".

It's called a selenelion and it's when you can see an eclipsed Moon on the western horizon and the rising Sun on the eastern horizon.

So-called penumbral eclipsing is typically very faint and most people would not notice it without knowing it was happening. That light is the only light that reaches the moon, and it has to pass through the earth's atmosphere to get there. It was also the second full moon of the month, which is referred to as a blue moon.

Via Denali National Park and Preserve
Via Denali National Park and Preserve

The July 27th lunar eclipse will last almost 108 minutes beginning with a partial eclipse at 18:24 UTC.

The earliest evidence for life on Earth comes from fossilized cyanobacteria that are between 3.5 and 3.8 billion years old. There are colours with shorter wavelengths and there are colours with longer wavelengths.

It is perfectly safe to look at a lunar eclipse with just the naked eye.

So there is no risk to damage your eyes with the direct sun rays.

Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". The Delta Aquariids meteor shower will also be visible to an extent - the meteor shower will be at its peak on July 30, but even on July 27 (the day of the eclipse), the lack of light from moon will allow us to somewhat spot the meteors. The researchers for this study propose that in the early days of our solar system, it's possible that meteorites that came in contact with Earth and "blasted off its surface" could have also landed on the moon.