The eclipse won’t be visible in the U.S., or at least not in most of the U.S., but this is interesting anyway…

The Secrets of the Universe

The wait is finally over. It is time to leave all your work aside and gaze up in the sky to experience a spectacular view of heavens tonight. Sun, Earth, Blood Moon and the Red Planet are all set to align perfectly on the night of July 27.

Mars at opposition

What’s up to Mars during the lunar eclipse? Well, the Red Planet is at opposition. This means that Sun, Earth and Mars will be in a straight line. An observer on Mars would see the Earth transit the Sun just like we observe the Moon transit the Sun during a solar eclipse. Normally, at opposition, planets make their closest approach to Earth. However, Mars will be at its closest approach 4 days later, on July 31. This is because Earth and Mars don’t have a perfectly circular orbit. Due to an elliptic orbit, there is little gap between opposition…

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