Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years this weekend

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

In fact, such conditions could have arisen on the moon during two different periods, each tens of millions of years long, the study suggests.

A total lunar eclipse roughly occurs once or twice a year when a full moon passes through the centre of Earth's shadow.

But if you're going to be in a part of the world where you won't get a direct view of the eclipse (or if it's cloudy where you are), you do have some options.

A little magnification can allow even inexperienced skywatchers to check out surprising details, and this year, you might even be able to see the huge dust storm raging in the planet's atmosphere. The land is fully eclipsed by the moon in one hour and 43 minutes.

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020. But need not worry as India will fall under the zone in which the blood moon will be visible. During Friday's eclipse, the moon will be passing nearly directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness.

Co-incidentally, Mars also reaches the point in its orbit directly opposite the sun from us on July 27. "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".

During complete totality (the moment when the Earth is completely obscuring the light from the Sun) the Moon will turn a deep orange colour.

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Life on the Moon could have originated much as it did on Earth but the more likely scenario is that it would have been brought in by a meteorite, Schulze-Makuch said.

This meteor shower favors the Southern Hemisphere with up to 15-20 meteors an hour, but people in the Northern Hemisphere may still be able to spot a few shooting stars around the shower's peak.

Stargazers may be looking up at the skies in awe, but years ago the moon's ochre orange colour was considered to be a bad omen that instilled fear and panic until the scientific explanation of how lunar eclipses occurred was finally understood.

The moon sets near a light on the roof of Safeco Field during a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Seattle. But there are occasions when they align with the earth in between the sun and the moon. It is always recommended using binoculars or a small low-power telescope, since they both allow the entire Moon to be viewed during the event.

Mars will be easily visible with the naked eye, if the weather permits, as it will be extremely close to the moon for the duration of the eclipse.

But a partial eclipse will begin by 11.55 pm on Friday when the moon starts entering the earth's shadow.

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