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This July, gear up for a solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and a Mars sighting

Jul 12, 2018 16:45 IST
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Solar eclipse is schedules for Friday the 13th. But only a lucky few will be able to catch the sight as the partial eclipse will be visible mostly over open waters from the southern parts of Australia and New Zealand. The real treat is the lunar eclipse that will take place later this month. This will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the century which is expected to last for an hour and 43 minutes. This rare celestial event will be visible across Europe, Africa Asia, Australia and South America. In India, it can be seen after 11:54 pm IST on July 27. On July 31, Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun will be 57.6 million km from Earth, the closest it has been since 2003.