"Blood moon" eclipse, Mars pairing up for astronomical spectacle

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Our neighbouring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometres (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun. "So when the sun goes down, the planet comes up, and it's available to see all night long".

This will occur just 51 days previous then this will pass through perihelion - that is touted as the closest point relative to the Sun in its orbit.

"Despite its glorious girth, northern observers will pay a price during this juicy Mars apparition", Sky & Telescope contributing editor Bob King said. "However, a layperson who might expect to see dramatic details of the surface of Mars would probably be disappointed".

Petro proposed that you should either rent a boat and drive it to the center of the Indian Ocean or you should go see your relatives in Ethiopia for the best seat in the house.

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbour, thousands of people turned their eyes to the stars to watch the moon, which turned dark before shining orange, brown and crimson in the shadow.

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However, considering the monsoon sky the sighting would depend on clear weather. This happens every 26 months. Mackay explained that the Earth gets farther from the sun as the year continues. It began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!" the NASA website stated.

Antonio Paris, an astrophysics professor at the St. Petersburg College, said Mars should be as bright as Venus for the next few weeks. "For serious astronomers, this event does offer an extraordinary opportunity to study Mars through their telescopes", the Astronomical Society of India said, according to the agency. The group will also have meteorite samples from Mars and the moon for people to touch.

In the city's Town Hall in the downtown, about two kilometres away from the planetarium, about 100 men, including rationalists, lawyers, doctors, students and academics, gathered to celebrate the historic event in revelry, partying and merry-making.

This will last about half an hour.

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