The moon may once have supported life, say scientists


NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century tomorrow.

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London, said: "We know we have lunar meteorites on the Earth, so it may well be that a chunk of Earth carried life to the Moon".

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly. As the Moon continues to move towards the centre of the Earth's shadow, and then away from it, red light will bounce off its surface in different proportions. The Delta Aquariids meteor shower will also be visible to an extent - the meteor shower will be at its peak on July 30, but even on July 27 (the day of the eclipse), the lack of light from moon will allow us to somewhat spot the meteors. That's an hour and 43 minutes in total.

People in areas experiencing the total eclipse may also want to spend a few moments looking at other parts of the sky for some shooting stars.

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The good news about all the Martian dust is that it reflects sunlight, which makes for an even brighter red planet, said Widener University astronomer Harry Augensen.

Those attending Friday's event, which is being endorsed by the Valletta 2018 Foundation, can zoom in on this phenomenon through the telescopes on site and witnessother planets such Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

If the weather cooperates, most of eastern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia should see the full and total lunar eclipse on Friday.

Fortunately, Indians will be able to watch the total eclipse from start to finish. On the one hand, during its orbit, the Moon will be at its furthest distance from the Earth.

Some are claiming this to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century and we will be able to view the whole thing right here in Kwa-Zulu-Natal.

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The eclipse will dazzle viewers on the evening of 27 July and morning of 28 July.

A new study claims that life could have existed on the Moon long long ago.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.

"There could have actually been microbes thriving in water pools on the Moon until the surface became dry and dead", said Schulze-Makuch.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

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However, he once told people in South Australia about one and they took a selfie with the Sun illuminating them and the Moon behind them.