This time-lapse photo shows the moon through the shadow of the earth as it rises side by side with the planet Mars over Amman, Jordan.
Credit: Zaid Abbadi
On Friday (July 27), the moon became blood red as it passed through the Earth's shadow. Meanwhile, the Red Planet had its most stunning appearance in fifteen years as it reached resistance and shone brightly into the sky next to the "Bloodmoon".
When Mars is in opposition, the planet on the opposite side of the Earth is Sun, with Earth in the middle, and the three objects form a straight line in space. Mars appears brightest in opposition because more sunlight is reflected from its surface and to Earth than at any other point in its orbit around the Sun. This time around, the opposition of Mars coincidentally happened with the perihelion when it is closest to the sun. This so-called "perihelion opposition" provided spectacular views of the Red Planet this weekend.
While Mars attracted the attention of everyone in the night sky in recent days, the Red Planet experienced a heavenly competition on Friday. The longest lunar eclipse of the 21
Although the lunar eclipse might not have been visible to everyone , Sky Watchers around the world had the opportunity to enjoy at least one of the red sky views in the sky Friday. Space.com readers, lucky enough to see them both, sent some great photos to Space.com.
Amirreza Kamkar, an astrophotographer in Tehran, Iran, captured Mars, approaching the darkened moon near the star nucleus of the Milky Way. "This place has a rather dark sky and [the] Milky Way was easy to see during the totality," Kamkar told Space.com. "The planet Mars, which was the brightest in 15 years, was another attraction in the sky, right under the darkened moon."