The Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet: the total lunar eclipse and planet Mars color the starry sky – 27 July 2018
Next 27 July 2018, the sky will offer us a unique view: a total lunar eclipse, with the Moon wearing its elegant, ruby dress and Mars, the red planet, at its most favorable observing conditions, a few degrees apart. We will show them live, online, above the stunning skyline of Rome.
The sky never fails amazing us with its shows, but sometimes it really does an extra work to offer something honestly memorable. This will happen next 27 July 2018, when we will have a wonderful total lunar eclipse, with the Moon showing its amazing red color, and Mars, the red planet, will reach its opposition, actually a so-called “great opposition”, offering the best observing conditions since 2003.
The full Moon, which is a mandatory condition to have a lunar eclipse, can be seen as the opposition of our natural satellite, so both the eclipsed Moon and Mars will show up there on the opposite direction from the Sun, as seen from the Earth: in other words, they will share the same spot in the sky! The red Moon and the red Planet just seven degrees apart: what a sight!
For the record, this is the best opposition of Mars (with its best observing conditions) since 2003. Next 27 July 2018 will be a memorable night for those loving the sky. Also, this is the longest total lunar eclipse of the XXI Century.
We will share with you live, online, the superb, unique experience of the total lunar eclipse pairing with Mars, the brightest, couple in red of the night sky. Our live feed will show these two leading actors of the cosmic theater while they will be shining above the epic skyline of Rome, the Eternal City. Joining our live feed is absolutely free of charges.
The online, free session to see the total lunar eclipse and planet Mars at opposition is scheduled for 27 July 2018, starting at 18:30 UT.
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