Blood moon and mega-Mars: July 27 is a big astronomical day

Blood moon and mega-Mars: July 27 is a big astronomical day

[Ed. – Mercury also starts a period in retrograde.  Interestingly, the “blood moon” — a very extended lunar eclipse — won’t be visible in North America, because it will occur during daylight hours for us.  Per National Geographic, the entire eclipse will be visible in Eastern Africa and Central Asia.]

On Friday, July 27th, a “blood moon” lunar eclipse will happen. The full moon passes through the shadow of Earth. What is special about this particular eclipse is that it will change the color of the moon to a reddish color. Obviously that is where the term “blood moon” comes from but, this one will happen for about 103 minutes.  At the same time that the longest “blood moon” in history is happening, Mars will be only 35.9 million miles from Earth. According to experts, this is the closest that the “red planet” has been to Earth in 15 years. …

Mars has already gotten quite a bit of press this week. Earlier in the week, the European Space Agency announced that a radar system may have detected briny water body beneath the southern pole of the planet.

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