“After a long time, there is another complete lunar eclipse in front of us, which will be almost completely visible from our regions.
The Lunar Eclipse will take place on July 27 (Friday), in the evening, right after the sunset. This will ultimately be the longest complete eclipse of our natural satellite that will take place throughout this century! The total phase of the ” blood moon” eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, while from start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours.
“Unlike with solar eclipses, you need no special equipment to observe lunar eclipses. These latter events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow, are safe to view directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars.
The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark. That’s because some of the sunlight going through Earth’s atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon’s surface.”
“In addition, on the same day, there will be another red celestial object in the opposition – Planet Mars! July’s total lunar eclipse occurs on the same day the planet Mars reaches its opposition, when it will shine at its best in the night sky. This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003. After opposition, when Mars will be brightest, it will reach that closest point on July 31. ”
“The obervatory Zvjezdano seloMosor will open its doors to all interested citizens that day (July 27th). The public observation will begin with the Sunset at 20:30, and will require the release of the Moon from Earth’s shadow, short after midnight. In the first place, the evening will be dedicated to watching the darkness, but visitors will be able to see the telescopes and planets visible in the evening sky: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. The entrance will be free for everyone.
About Zvjezdano selo Mosor
The starred Mosor village is located on Mount Makirina, 700m above sea level, and reaches the urban center. It is about 22 km from Split. Good climatic conditions, clean air and a beautiful view give preference to stay and accommodation although the object is primarily intended for the education of young people from astronomy, ecology, history, geography, meteorology, art and various fields of technical culture. In addition to the popularization and promotion of astronomy, we have been organizing a school program for nature education for elementary and high school students for the past 7 years, with around 9,000 students. In our offer are also one-day and multi-day stays of organized groups with overnight stay, as well as the opportunity to get acquainted with the environment and hiking.
The obervatory Zvjezdano selo Mosor can be reached by car in the direction of Split-Žrnovnica-Gornje Sitno and by bus from the city bus no. 28 (Promet Split).