Favourable life conditions on Moon after lunar formation of lunar body

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On Friday 27 July the longest lunar eclipse of the century (so far) will take place.

A blood moon is essentially another word for a total lunar eclipse.

Moore said that from 9.30pm until 10.15pm on Friday, the blood red colour of the moon will be dim and if there's any haze in the sky, it could make viewing hard. Unfortunately, not all areas in the nation are able to satisfy it. "We are making arrangements for night sky observation on the terrace of the Priyadarshini Planetarium here from 12am to 3am", said Arul Jerald Prakash, director, Kerala State Science and Technology Museum (KSSTM). This follows the super blue blood moon that played out on the night of January 31 across many parts of the world.

But with cloudy skies across the Philippines forecast for the whole week and a southwest monsoon, weather forecasters are not optimistic Filipinos will get a good view of the eclipse.

The two planets will be just 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers) apart next Tuesday.

No other Lunar Eclipse will be as long as this in the century. During Friday's eclipse, the moon will be passing nearly directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness.

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The reason for this is that the only light reaching the Moon will have been passed through the Earth's atmosphere.

The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123.

The entire eclipse will end at around 12.30am. "On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime".

But dust thrown into the atmosphere by recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala was likely to paint the moon a deeper red.

It is thought the Moon was formed 4.5 billion years ago when a large planet, which scientists have named Theia, crashed into Earth, creating a huge debris disc that eventually swirled together to form the satellite.

Image of a total lunar eclipse captured in Malta in 2011 by Leonard Ellul Mercer.

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Lunar eclipses typically occur only during a full moon, however on this instance the moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and earth, also known as the blood moon.

He said: "The thunderstorms will be quite widespread but not necessarily close together and it's going to be down to fortune whether people in certain locations are able to see this astronomical spectacle".

In the United Kingdom, the blood moon will take place on the night of Friday the 27th July 2018.

"Our best window will be around 3 a.m.to 5 a.m., when the moon really turns reddish".

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 1930 to 2113 GMT. "Of course, the issue of shutter speed is always there; too slow an exposure and all we'll see is an unsightly lunar streak, even with a wide-angle lens".

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