In a great piece of news to UAE residents and star gazers in particular, astronomy experts say that the expected lunar eclipse on the night of July 27 will be best viewed from the country. The country is predicted to be blessed with the clearest and the most extended view of the phenomenon that is termed as the ‘blood moon’ phenomenon.
The news of the lunar phenomenon has caused a considerable measure of interest in astronomy enthusiasts and will see the moon entering the shadow of the earth for four hours, thus generating a total lunar eclipse that will be clearly visible to residents of Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and South America. The eclipse is anticipated to start at around 2100 hours and will span a length of five hours that will see the moon transform from white to red and back as the alignment of the sun, earth and moon come into place.
Astronomers say that the UAE is best placed to view the celestial event that is projected to be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. There is yet another phenomenon that is expected to take place the night of the eclipse. The planet Mars will pass closest to Earth thus making the red planet appear visibly brighter in the sky. To celebrate the special night, the Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre is arranging an event from 2100 hours to 0200 hours that will include a presentation, dinner and great views of the night sky through telescopes.