Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

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Because of how Earth's atmosphere filters blue light, the moon appears red during a lunar eclipse.

The moon will be totally eclipsed for an estimated 1 hour and 43 minutes in the prime viewing region, according to NASA predictions.

Lunar eclipses tend to last a few hours.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one is extra special because it's also the blood moon.

Venus is now so bright, that it can be seen immediately after sunset if you look west.

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Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!" the NASA website states. We will have to wait for May 26, 2021, to view the next total lunar eclipse in Singapore.

"The moon will remain in a very faint penumbral shadow for about an hour after that, but this is typically too light a shadow for the naked eye to notice the difference between that and the full moon that follows".

By the time the blood moon is rising on Friday evening in the United Kingdom, it will have begun to pass out of Earth's shadow - although it will still remain quite red.

A lunar eclipse or chandra grahan occurs when the Earth while orbiting the Sun comes between the Sun and the Moon, stealing the Moon's shine by blocking the sunlight that is reflected by the natural satellite.

On December 26 next year, people in Brunei will be experien-cing a partial solar eclipse when the moon passes in front of the Sun.

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The eclipse will turn the light color of the moon to deep red. This occurs at the same time that Mars will reach one of its closest points to the Earth, about 35.9 million miles away. Also: Earth is also scheduled to be perfectly aligned with the Sun and Mars.

"And because of the elliptical shape of the orbit, it's even closer than normal; it really is a great time to spot Mars".

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

And those awake after 11pm will be able to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station (ISS), as it moves quickly across the sky from west to east.

While most are familiar with the scientific explanation, the phenomenon would have struck terror into our ancestors.

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However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021.

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018 India: The Blood Moon 2018 is the second lunar eclipse of 2018. "It's not surprising people were terrified by it".

But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find the ideal spot to see the red moon coming over the horizon, you'll still be able to get a good view once it rises in the sky.

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