Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date, Time in India, significance

Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings for blood moon, and when will India see the next total lunar eclipse

It has astronomers across the nation excited.

Although it won't look almost as large as the blood moon, Mars will be its largest in size if you're looking through a telescope and close to its maximum brightness in our sky.

"Nigeria is set to experience a very spectacular total lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27, weather permitting". In India, Chandra Grahan will be visible from cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Mumbai among others.

"This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions".

"This is actually nearly as long as a lunar eclipse could be", Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester, explained. During this week's lunar eclipse, however, the moon will pass close to middle of the disk.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 31, 2028.

In a total lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through the core of Earth's shadow, often turning red-orange due to the bending of sunlight through Earth's atmosphere.

So, from the United Kingdom and Europe, the south-east will be the place to look for the rising, eclipsing Moon with bright red Mars below.

As the moon continues on its orbit, the second phase will involve another partial lunar eclipse, which should be visible from around 2:43 am IST.

The moon will begin to glide through the earth's shadow from 11.54pm on the intervening night of 27-28 July.

To give the blood moon its technical name, it is a lunar eclipse - caused by the Earth passing between the moon and the sun. The duration of the eclipse in Pakistan is expected to be six hours and 14 minutes.

The shadow of the Earth's atmosphere filtered through sunlight appears red when it hits the surface of the Moon, giving the eerie-looking blood moon. Observers will be able to see the lunar eclipse without the help of any special telescope, but the cloudy skies mean that one might miss the chance this time. We'll simply be situated on the opposite side of the planet during the event.

Partial solar eclipses occur here every year or two.

During a lunar eclipse, the sun lies directly behind Earth, refracting - or bending - light. In this case the further south you are in NZ the better, with Otago and Southland being favoured. There isn't anything particularly scientific about it, but it makes for wonderful viewing and photographs. However, existing superstitions and myths among the people in India keeps them from witnessing one of the most handsome phenomenon of universe.

According to MetService, the Dunedin and Clutha areas will be ideal for watching the selenelion on Saturday morning. If you want to watch online the lunar eclipse live stream, just read on for the stream and everything you need to know about the phenomenon.