Muscat, The Sultanate, the Middle East and a

number of world countries will witness a total lunar eclipse tomorrow

(Friday), coinciding with the completion of the month of Dhu al-Qa’dah.

It is the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century in comparison with the

latest lunar eclipse which lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes.

Those who will watch the lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 will see the

phenomenon of Mars opposition as well as the Milky Way galaxy, which

will appear on the left of the moon and Mars, will come closer to the

Earth, which will make it larger and brighter, asit has not been seen for

15 years.

The Earth and Mars orbit around the Sun on July 31, making it

visible to the naked eye. Mars, known as the Red Planet, will be larger

than usual when viewed by the telescope for a few weeks, before

fading in mid-August when it moves away from Earth.

The Oman Astronomical Society has named sites to watch the

eclipse, including its headquarters at the Airport Heights in Muscat,

and Ka’ab bin Zaid al-Falaki club in Al Mawaleh in the Wilayat of

A’Seeb, the observatories in Samad Al Shan, Sinaw Cultural Centre in

the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi, Manah Cultural Center in the Wilayat of

Manah, the observatory in A’Rustaq Public Park and the observatory in

Sohar Public Park in the Wilayat of Sohar.

Source: Oman News Agency