Mars is coming near to earth: Important things you need to know about Lunar Eclipse
A total lunar eclipse will take place on July 27- 28 with a totality duration of 1 hour 43 minutes which will make it the longest Lunar Eclipse of the century (2001 AD to 2100 AD). On July 27, the red planet will also be at opposition, meaning that Sun and Mars will lie opposite to each other. This will also bring Mars closer to Earth which means it will appear brighter than the normal from evening to dawn towards the end of July.
According to reports, the brighter mars will remain very close to eclipsed Moon in the sky on July 27 and July 28 and can be spotted very easily from the naked eyes. However, Mars will reach closest to Earth on July 31st Notably, the planet Mars comes at opposition at an average interval of 2 years 2 months when it comes closer to earth and looks brighter.
Here are few things you need to know about Century Longest Lunar Eclipse:
- Mars opposition had occurred in August 2003. It had brought the two planets closest at the distance of 60,000 years. The closest approach of Mars on July 31, 2018, will bring the planet closest and Mars would appear brighter since 2003.
- Such Long duration eclipse had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000, for totality duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another occurred on June 15, 2011, for the total duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.
- In this particular eclipse, the moon will pass through the central part of the Earth’s Umbral shadow. Notably, the moon will be at apogee, means at farthest from the Earth in its orbit and on July 27 it will be slowing moving in its orbit.