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For those who aren't able to see the lunar eclipse this month, July has another treat in store for skygazers when Mars makes a close approach to Earth.

Lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere on Earth where it is night time.

According to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), most of Africa, Europe, the Middle East and eastern Asia will see this eclipse.

The lunar event will last for 103 minutes - four minutes short of the longest possible duration an eclipse could last.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon orbits into the central part of the Earth's shadow.

Instead of going dark, the way the sunlight refracts around the Earth gives the moon a red colour as some of the sunlight entering Earth's atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon behind. Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar.

So the Moon during the Eclipse can be red, brown, copper-red or even orange.

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You've probably heard the term Blood Moon bandied around the past few weeks.

Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore on July 28, 2018.

For people in the United Kingdom, the "blood moon" will rise in the south-eastern sky already immersed completely in the Earth's shadow. It will take nearly two hours before the moon returns to normal. The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer.

Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years. At the moment when the French will see the full moon appear, she will be already taking reddish colors.

"This is what is called the first contact when the partial lunar eclipse begins", said the Hyderabad centre's statement.

"A partial eclipse precedes and follows the total phase of eclipse, each time lasting 1 hour and 6 minutes".

Finally, contrary to solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be viewed without any eye protection. The approach of Mars on July 31 will bring the two planets closest and the planet Mars to be seen brightest since 2003.


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