The planet Mars is now closer to Earth than it has ever been, due to its elliptical orbit. This means people in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to observe a unique astronomical phenomenon tonight, as at around 8pm, the red planet will come closer to Earth than the moon, creating an eclipse.
This bizarre one-in-a-lifetime event is known as the Great Lunar-Martian Eclipse, and comes hot on the heels of the recent Blood Moon Eclipse. The Blood Moon colouring is actually caused by the reflection of Mars, also known as the Red Planet.
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