How to watch the July 2018 "blood moon" online

31 July, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • U.S. won't see upcoming lunar eclipse: How to view it online

The eclipse will be visible in parts of South America, much of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Watch the lunar eclipse livestream in the video above starting at 3 p.m. E.T.

You can still catch the eclipse live despite being on the other side of the world, though! You don't need a telescope to watch a total lunar eclipse, at least NASA believes that.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact locations, and TimeandDate.com has timings based on your location. However, this eclipse will last for a very long time: one hour and 43 minutes. The live stream starts at 11:30pm IST on July 27 2018, so you can hit the play button in the video embedded below at the designated time to start your viewing of the eclipse.

The blood moon is caused by the moon being fully engulfed in Earth's shadow, and today's lunar eclipse will be this century's longest at 103 minutes.

On Tuesday, July 31, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in 15 years, according to NASA.

If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019.


The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.

The moon which is described by scientists as the Earth's natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown, during the total eclipse. Some light, though, will still reach the moon because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

We also published a detailed description of what can and cannot be done during lunar Eclipse.

The next such lunar eclipse won't be until 2123.

Only those in the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the upcoming event, with people in Europe, Africa and Asia getting the best seats for the lunar show.

But, while there was a spectacular sunrise, the eclipsed moon disappeared behind low cloud at the crucial moment in Christchurch.

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