Red planet and ‘blood moon’ pair up to dazzle skygazers

There might once have been life on... the Moon? Yes, say researchers

Pakistan to witness century’s longest lunar eclipse on July 27-28

The full moon will turn blood red on July 27 as the longest total lunar eclipse of the century takes place in the skies from Australia through Africa. "The total duration including the entire shadow phase will be six hours and 14 minutes", he said.

The eclipse will last for one hour, 43 minutes and 34 seconds, which will make it the longest this century; including the penumbral time, it will last for three hours and 55 minutes.

Going forward, however, there will not be another total lunar eclipse longer than Friday's event until 2123, weather information website said.

On July 27, the moon will turn red and darken as it passes through the shadow of Earth blocking the sun.

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

Unlike with solar eclipses, you need no special equipment to observe lunar eclipses.

According to a South African myth, the lunar eclipse is a fight between the Sun and the Moon.

To know more on how the moon died, as well as to confirm that it was indeed capable of supporting life billions of years ago, Schulze-Makuch and coauthor Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology from the University of London, proposed a more aggressive lunar exploration program in the future.

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Although the moon is uninhabitable today, we can not definitively rule out that it has never harbored life in the past, according to a couple of American and British astrobiologists who recently published an article on the subject matter in the journal Astrobiology.

The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast the total lunar eclipse and Mars opposition live from its position atop the Roman Forum on the Palatine Hill in Rome.

A lunar eclipse will be visible from Prague on the evening of July 27. The total lunar eclipse also sees the moon taking a shade of red, thus called the Blood Moon.

It will be seen all over the world apart from North America and Greenland, while east Africa, the Middle East, India and China will get the best views. It is expected to be the longest lunar eclipse witnessed in 100 years.

Protective eyewear was recommended during the solar eclipse to protect people's eyes from the bright light of the sun.

Much like the Earth scenario, life on the moon could have appeared as a result of the impact of a meteorite.

The study also said that life on Moon could have evolved through meteorites which landed on the surface of the moon. The moon, closest to the centre of the shadow, will showcase the maximum eclipse at 1:51 am.

People in areas experiencing the total eclipse may also want to spend a few moments looking at other parts of the sky for some shooting stars.

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