An astronomer from the Moscow state University explain how best to follow the lunar Eclipse

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty in Photobacterium partial Eclipse of the moon observed in St. Petersburg. 31 January 2018An astronomer from the Moscow state University explain how best to follow the lunar Eclipse© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty in Photobacterium to daily updates RIA Science

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. Lovers of astronomy you should be armed with a good pair of binoculars and find a point from where it is possible to face South for full observation of today’s lunar Eclipse, says Dmitry Kolesnikov, a leading specialist of the Sternberg astronomical Institute.

«Take on the Eclipse with binoculars to better see details on the moon and earth’s shadow. To see details on Mars, you will need a telescope. In the middle zone of Russia the Moon and Mars will be low above the horizon, so find a place with a free overview of the South», — explains astronomer.

Lunar eclipses occur when the natural satellite of our planet, moving around the Earth, is the earth’s shadow. If the orbital planes of the moon and Earth match, then the lunar Eclipse to be repeated every month. But the angle between them is 5 degrees: to cause an Eclipse, the Moon in the full moon needs to be at the point of intersection of its orbit and the plane of earth’s orbit — the Ecliptic.

For the year usually occur one or two lunar eclipses, but today the Earth is waiting for an unusual event – the coincidence of full moon and Eclipse, which will last about three to four hours will be the longest in this century. In addition, Mars and Earth are gradually moving closer, and today the red planet will look unusually large, about 100 times smaller than the moon.

«On July 27, 21:24 Moscow time will begin a lunar Eclipse. On the same day, Mars enters into great opposition. It will be closest to Earth since 2003. The moon will completely enter the Earth’s shadow at 22:30 Moscow time, its brightness is greatly reduced, and the color will be red. Next will be bright and also red Mars. Mid-Eclipse is at 23:21,» continues Kolesnikov.

For fans of «lap of astronomy» Sternberg astronomical Institute organizes the broadcast of this remarkable event on its website and on Youtube. Now scientists are planning to observe the Moon using telescopes of the Caucasian mountain Observatory, but with the onset of cloudy weather they can be transferred to another site.

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