'Blood moon' on its way - with God of War in tow


A blood-red moon dazzled star gazers across much of the world on Friday when it moved into Earth's shadow for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The moon will be totally eclipsed by the Earth for one hour and 43 minutes. A lunar eclipse is when the earth gets between the sun and the full moon.

At the same time, the new research shows that "the early Moon may have been protected by a magnetic field", which would have shielded any potential life forms from the radiation of the solar wind - the outflow of charged particles coming from the sun and traveling across the entire solar system, reports the Inquisitr.

On Saturday morning, Kiwis will be able to see an eclipsed Moon and the Sun in the sky at the same time.

While no proof of past life on the moon has ever been found, two researchers argue that Earth's satellite may not have always been barren. The Red Planet will make its close approach on July 31 at a distance of about 35.8 million miles, according to NASA. "Astrology is not something we follow".

Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere will be best-placed to enjoy the spectacle, especially those in southern Africa, Australia, India and Madagascar, though it will also be partly visible in Europe and South America.

The hype around the Eclipse of July 27 appeared because it will last a long time.

It is safe to watch the eclipse without any eye protection or special equipment.

From Durban, the eclipse is said to start on July 27 at 19:14:47 and end on July 28 at 01:28:38.

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- From Whanganui to Wellington there's a chance of seeing the totally-eclipsed Moon as the Sun peeks above the horizon.

The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse creating a blood moon last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. The longest total lunar eclipse of the last century was on July 16, 2000 and lasted for 1 hour and 46.4 minutes, according to EarthSky. But need not worry as India will fall under the zone in which the blood moon will be visible.

The moon is expected to appear red or orange, as it did during the lunar eclipse in January.

However, the drop in natural light pollution during the total lunar eclipse will allow people to see more of the dimmer meteors.

Only the people in North America Eclipse will not be able to see it. For those unaware, a lunar eclipse is a phenomenon the moon passes behind the Earth and into its shadow, and sunlight is unable to reach it. "But the best time to view it is several hours after sunset, when Mars will appear higher in the sky", NASA said in a skywatching video.

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown.as rust-colored, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

Lunar eclipses are less common than a solar Eclipse - no more than three per year, which can be observed in any particular place, although in some years they may not be.