Blood Moon Pictures: The Best Images Of The Summer Spectacle

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The term "blood moon" was popularised by Christian pastor John Hagee in 2013 following the release of the book Four Blood Moons, which highlighted a lunar sequence of four total eclipses that occurred in 2014/15.

Scientists say there are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.

Residents in certain parts of the world will witness a rare sight on Friday, as a lunar eclipse and the closest approach of the planet Mars in 15 years will both occur at the same time.

Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit were all abuzz with amateur astronomers sharing their photographs of the rare and handsome blood moon.

When the moon reaches this point on the same day as it becomes a full moon, it's popularly known as a supermoon.

"Our event is sold out", he said yesterday.

The Virtual Telescope Project will share a live stream of the lunar eclipse and Mars at its brightest just a few degrees apart above the skyline of Rome.

"We have a rare and interesting conjunction of phenomena", Pascal Descamps, an astronomer with the Paris Observatory, told AFP.

People on the other side of the world like in Australia, Europe, and Africa will have the best view.

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Blood moon

During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes through Earth's shadow, giving the natural satellite a blood-red hue.

Avid astronomers and amateur stargazers the world over were treated to an incredible lunar light show when the moon transformed from its usual bright color to an orb of burned orange and red for almost two hours. To the naked eye, it looked like a tiny button thrown on a black blanket, but to astronomists using a telescope, the white dot was the moon perfectly aligned with the sun and Earth. This celestial event is on a much larger scale compared to the Blood Moon observed at the start of this year. This visibility of lunar eclipse in India is expected to be pretty good but cloudy sky and inclement weather may hurt your chances of being able to watch the phenomenon.

The long duration of this eclipse is partly due to the fact that the moon will make a near-central passage through Earth's umbra - the darkest, most central part of the shadow.

According to some Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies such as the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimise any disturbance.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres.

Mars instead appeared as a very bright star.

"All eclipses are spectacular", the Royal Astronomical Society's Robert Massey said.

"The earth's atmosphere then turns the light red in the same way that the sun appears when it is going down", Prof Fabian said.

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