Red Worlds – Moon and Mars Aligned Together During Total Lunar Eclipse


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Only separated by approximately 6º apart, the red-orange planet Mars didn´t want to miss the “Red Celestial Party ” standing very close to the Moon during the longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century – 27th July 2018 – as seen from Dark Sky® Alqueva region in Portugal, this mosaic shows both in the same field of view. During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes through Earth’s shadow, giving the natural satellite a blood-red hue. With Mars making its closest approach in 15 years. The Red planet was also in opposition to the sun on this same night of the Lunar Eclipse, July 27, meaning being in opposite the sun in Earth’s sky, only 51 days before it passes through perihelion — its closest point relative to the sun in its orbit.

PT: Apenas separados por cerca de 6º um do outro, o planeta vermelho Marte não podia deixar de perder este “Evento Celestial”  deixando-se ficar muito próximo da Lua durante o mais longo Eclipse Lunar Total do Século, em 27 de julho de 2018, visto do Dark Sky ® Alqueva, em Portugal. Durante um eclipse lunar, a lua passa pelo cone de sombra da Terra, dando ao satélite natural uma tonalidade vermelho-sangue.

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