Solar Eclipse 2018, 5 ancient myths about the phenomenon

15 July, 2018, 22:40 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • You missed a solar eclipse Get ready for a lunar eclipse on July 27-28

It'll be visible from the south-eastern coast of Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand's Stewart Island and the northern coast of Antarctica.

So, perhaps more penguins than people will witness this eclipse. Thus is the reason it is often called a blood moon.

The Christian preacher, who thinks we are now living in the end times, has interpreted the July 27 lunar eclipse as an apocalyptic sign.

You might be known that a partial solar eclipse is very usual, to happen at least twice a year.

And for all those who might nonetheless be superstitious in regards to celestial coincidences, it is possible to unwind once this one has passed won't have yet another solar eclipse landing a Friday the 13th before the year 2080.

Coincidentally, the moon will also be at its most distant point from Earth in its monthly orbit in late July, meaning the moon will appear smaller in the night sky and will take longer to completely pass through Earth's shadow. According to reports from scientific labs, this year's lunar eclipse will be the longest in the 21 century records. The maximum eclipse will occur at 1.51 am and the total eclipse ends at 2.43 pm.


According to astronomers, a total lunar eclipse takes place when Sun, Earth, and Moon are in a same line and are observed in ideal alignment with each other.

On July 31, Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, will be 57.6 million kilometres from Earth, the closest it has been since 2003 when it came within 55.7 million kilometres, which was the nearest in almost 60,000 years. Other places, including Launceston, Tasmania and Geelong, Australia will also have a view of the eclipse on July 13, but they will see less than 25% of the sun blocked out. The lunar eclipse occurs at full Moon and the solar eclipse at new Moon, she added.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on January 21, 2019, and will be visible from North America, South America and parts of Europe, Africa and the central Pacific.

To avoid eye damage, experts said everyone should wear special solar glasses or use darkened welder glass when looking at the Sun.

The total lunar eclipse is projected to be visible across various parts of South America, Asia, Africa, and Middle East regions. The eclipse is expected to stay for around one hour and four minutes.

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