Below are the last lunar eclipse updates as the Moon crosses paths with the Earth's shadow. The Earth's shadow appears red because of its atmosphere.
Explaining about the phenomenon, he said, "Throughout the eclipse, the moon will look a bit reddish".
Our red moon will have some company Friday, when Mars is the closest to Earth that it's been in 15 years.
If you miss this one, South Africa's next total lunar eclipse is early morning of 16 May 2022.
The eclipse will feature mainly in the Eastern Hemisphere, over Central Asia and Eastern Africa, but stargazers in Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and parts of South America will see the eclipse at moonrise or moonset. As with most such night-sky events, the best place to see it is out in the country away from lights.
"You are not scared if the mountain hides the Sun from you, so why should you be scared if Moon hides the Sun from you?" he said.
Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more- and appear bigger - as July 31 nears. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions".
The Executive Director of Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Center shared details about "Blood Moon" and the special arrangements made the Centre (situated in Guindy) for people to witness the eclipse. I'd say this is a once in a blood moon event, but tonight is literally a blue moon, so it looks like nature has a sense of humour. A period of complete eclipse, known as "totality", will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. ET.
Lunar eclipses tend to last a few hours.
There's going to be quite a show going on in Space on Friday night as a total lunar eclipse and Mars get together in the night sky.
Starting from 4am on the east coast of Australia, and from 2am in the west, the moon moves into the Earth's shadow.
Astronomers, though, said there was no cause for worry. "These lunar events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, are safe to view directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars".
Our neighbouring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometres (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.
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