Watch Fridays Micro Blood Moon Eclipse Online


first_img Photos: Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers’The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3 Stay on target Friday’s Micro Blood Moon eclipse is expected to wow viewers in the Eastern Hemisphere.But you don’t need a last-minute flight to Zimbabwe or the United Arab Emirates to catch a glimpse of the cosmic event.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.“The sky never fails [to amaze] us with its shows, but sometimes it really does … extra work to offer something honestly memorable,” the project page said.The second total lunar eclipse of 2018 will occur on July 27 as the Moon passes through the center of Earth’s shadow for the first time in seven years.While neither “super” nor “blue,” the Blood Micro Moon eclipse will be the longest of the 21st century, lasting approximately 103 minutes.Primarily visible from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia, North Americans will have to sit this one out. Or watch it online.“Our live feed will show these two leading actors of the cosmic theater while they will be shining above the epic skyline of Rome, the Eternal City,” according to the Virtual Telescope Project.The free viewing session is scheduled for July 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET.A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes within Earth’s umbra, or shadow, which appears to “cover” part of the orb, turning it a deep shade of red. (That coloring, due to Rayleigh scattering, is the same effect that gives sunsets their beautiful complexion.)Unlike January’s Super Blue Blood Moon, when the planetoid was circling quite near us, on the day of this eclipse, the Full Moon is at its farthest from Earth, appearing smaller in the sky, and taking on the “micro” title.Certainly the star of the show, this month’s total lunar eclipse is joined by an opening act: Mars is expected to be very close to the eclipsed Moon on July 27 and 28, making it easy to spot with the naked eye (weather permitting).An eclipse never travels alone: The lunar event is sandwiched between two partial solar eclipses on July 13 and Aug. 11.For more, check out Geek’s lineup of the best eclipses in sci-fi history.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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