There is a total of five eclipses this year alone. In every calendar year, there can be as many as 4 eclipses with two of both lunar and solar eclipses. It is also possible to have as many as seven eclipses in a year. This usually comprise of both solar eclipses and lunar eclipses but it is not a must for the two to occur an equal number of times. The next eclipse, a total lunar eclipse, will be on July 27th. It is going to be an event of the century going on record as the longest total lunar eclipse lasting 103 minutes. To put that figure into perspective, the longest possible time a lunar eclipse can last is 107 minutes. Given how rare an event this is, most of you will want to take a look at the magnificent blood moon on Friday. The questions that you will likely ask next is: can you watch a lunar eclipse with your bare eyes or does a lunar eclipse hurt your eyes?
The answer to this question is yes. It is absolutely safe to watch a lunar eclipse, total or partial with your bare eyes. The fact that you will be looking away from the sun means that you do not have to worry whether this makes a lunar eclipse bad for eyes or not. You are welcome to search the web for any incident of lunar eclipse eye damage. As a result, there are no preparations to be made for the lunar eclipse eye safety.
The next time some one asks you: is it safe to watch lunar eclipse with naked eyes or is lunar eclipse harmful for eyes you can assure them that all they need to worry about is where they will see it from. The lunar eclipse is visible to most of the world with the whole side of the earth that faces the moon and will be in the dark will be able to see the blood moon.
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Now that we have established beyond doubt that watching a lunar eclipse with bare eyes is safe, here are a few facts that will help you get ready to see the eclipse best. If the lunar eclipse is happening just after sunset at your location then the moon will be rising from the east. If it is predicted to be visible where you are in the morning as the sun rises the moon will be setting in the west. If you are supposed to see it at midnight or the hours before or after midnight the blood moon will be visible high in the sky.
The total lunar eclipse this Friday will be visible in Africa, Europe, Asia and parts of South America. The North American continent will miss it. Those in North America have a lunar eclipse in January 2019. Remember, if your mate asks: can you watch a lunar eclipse with your eyes? The answer is a definite yes!
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