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& # 39; Blood Moon & # 39; Eclipse meets Mars in beautiful night sky photos



  Stargazers See Red:

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

st century stole the show. Visible from most parts of the world – with the exception of North and Central America, where the moon was below the horizon – the moon spent 1 hour and 43 minutes through the center of the dark shadow of the earth. [Amazing Photos: The ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse and Mars Opposition of July 27, 2018]
  Astrophotographer Amirreza Kamkar shot this photo of Mars and the total lunar eclipse over Tehran, Iran on July 27, 2018.

Astrophotographer Amirreza Kamkar has taken this photo of Mars and the total lunar eclipse over Tehran, Iran, in July 27, 2018.

Credit: Amirreza Kamkar / @amirrezakamkar

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."

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In Sydney, Australia, photographer Robbie Pesiwarissa photographed a photograph of Mars and the darkened moon above the Sydney Opera House, the two red objects in the sky almost perfectly matching each other bright red light on the Sydney Harbou r Bridge.

Astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski took a closer look at Moon and Mars with a 600-millimeter lens. He photographed the heavenly couple from Ohrid, Macedonia, where he enjoyed the show with members of the Ohrid Astronomy Association, he told Space.com.

 Astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski shot this image of the blood-red moon with Mars from Ohrid, Macedonia, on July 27, 2018.

Astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski shot this image of the blood-red moon with Mars from Ohrid, Macedonia, on July 27, 2018.

Credit: Stojan Stojanovski

If you've missed the total lunar eclipse on Friday and are experiencing an eclipse envy, do not worry – there's more! Before the next lunar eclipse will arrive on January 20, 2019, Eclipse fans can look forward to two solar eclipses.

The next eclipse (and the last one of 2018) will be a partial eclipse on August 11th. Visible from parts of Asia and Europe, the moon will glide in front of the sun and seem to have bitten out of the sun's disk. From the 5th to the 6th of January 2019, sky observers in the North Pacific and Northeast Asia will see the moon passing once more in front of the sun. The world will finally see its next total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019, when the moon completely dimming the sun and darkening the sky over most of South America.

The Moon will stay away from Earth's shadow until January 19, 2019, when we see another total lunar eclipse. Those of us who have missed the Friday "blood moon" in North America will have an excellent view of this total lunar eclipse, weather permitting.

Hanneke Mehring at hweitering@space.com or her follow @hannekescience . Follow us @SpaceTotcom Facebook and Google+ . Original article on Space.com .


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