Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

See the dark side of the moon

See the dark side of the moon

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through the umbra - the darkest part of the Earth's shadow - and take on a red glow.

According to, the partial eclipse will begin at 2.24 a.m. on July 28 Taipei time, with the total eclipse beginning at 3.30 a.m. This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle. Because of how Earth's atmosphere filters blue light, the moon appears red during a lunar eclipse.

"It will appear as a bright reddish star, and even if the opposition brightness won't be quite as good for the next few years, it won't make much difference at all to any naked-eye observations".

Mr Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon.

A total eclipse of the Moon will occur on Friday 27 July 2018.

"Watching that interaction, watching our atmosphere play a role in this visual and very lovely spectacle, there's also science in there, the same science which took hundreds of years to work out why the sky is blue", Prof Coward said.

Mr Scagell said: "You may see this very eerie-looking deep-red moon rising".

Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, a professor, Augustine Ubachukwu, has said.

St Helens Star

The reason we don't get eclipses every month is because the moon orbits Earth on a slightly inclined plane of five degrees.

Before and after this total eclipse phase, the Moon passes into a transitional phase called penumbra: the total duration of these three phases (penumbra, total, penumbra) varies from place to place.

He warns that solar eclipses are different - people should never look directly at them, as it's extremely damaging to human eyes.

In Manchester, the moon will not appear until after 9.06pm BST, and in Glasgow, the moon will not be visible until maximum eclipse around 9.30pm BST.

Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it. We will be able to see the moon as it is going to gradually fade out from one end to the other end throughout the span of more than 1 hour 30 minutes.

Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red. If you want to watch online the lunar eclipse live stream, just read on for the stream and everything you need to know about the phenomenon.

And last but not least: Mars just happens to be in opposition on Friday night as well.

Dave Kelbe, a principal scientist at the Centre for Space Science Technology, plans to go and photograph the early-morning celestial event at Middlemarch.

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