There have been some spectacular lunar and over the past few years, and next month brings another show for stargazers to check out.
The next total lunar eclipse will occur on July 28, 2018. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow, at which point it takes on a reddish tint, which is why the eclipse is colloquially called a "blood moon." You won't want to miss this eclipse, as it will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting one hour and 43 minutes.
The total eclipse will take place from 3:30 a.m. Philippine Time (PHT) until 5:13 a.m. PHT. The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the total eclipse, and the maximum eclipse will occur at 4:21 a.m.
Can't wait for this event next month - total lunar eclipse on 27 July. The #Moon rises during full eclipse from the UK but that could give amazing views of a red Moon rising into a sky tinged with colour from the opposite sunset. Last total lunar eclipse from UK was Sep 2015: pic.twitter.com/doC6sgzalG— Steve Brown (@sjb_astro) June 20, 2018
The eclipse will be completely visible over Eastern Africa and Central
As an added bonus, Mars will also appear especially large and bright in the sky that night as it moves toward its closest approach to Earth in 15 years, meaning eclipse watchers may be able to catch a great view of the red planet alongside the blood moon.
Over the next six weeks, Mars will be closer to earth than it has been in 15 years! Take a look at the night sky through July and enjoy a great view of the 35.8Million miles away "close-up." https://t.co/sEnMNULHIX— Mars One (@MarsOneProject) June 18, 2018
The next partial lunar eclipse that will be viewable from Manila is a year away and will take place on July 17, 2019.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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