'BLOOD MOON': Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

Blood Moon: Longest eclipse of 21st Century will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow

Friday, July 27, will be a date to remember, as the total lunar eclipse will be visible to the naked eye throughout Morocco. The total phase will last for 107 minutes from 02:30 a.m.to 04:13 a.m. A total Lunar Eclipse is all set to occur as the Earth will come in between the Sun and the Moon.

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Where can you see the blood moon in July 2018?

The best views - weather permitting - could be across Eastern Europe, Central and East Africa and South East Asia, from where the entire eclipse will be visible.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

"However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour".

The total lunar eclipse, which turns the moon blood-red, has particularly been a source of dread and panic for people who did not comprehend the circumstances that led to this "strange" phenomenon.

The Royal Astronomical Society said Mars and the moon will appear low in the sky for everyone in the United Kingdom, so a location with an unobstructed southeastern horizon will afford the best view.

Additionally, Mars will look unusually large and bright this weekend, as the red planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.


After that, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion at 11.19pm.

Clouds have hindered Perth's view of the longest blood moon this century, but it didn't stop stargazers from making the most of the small window to see the phenomenon this morning.

The Moon will pass right through the centre of the Earth's shadow, at the shadow's widest point.

Some of the light from the sun still reaches the moon after it is bent by the earth's atmosphere, he added.


"I managed to get the maximum eclipse but from then on the monstrous clouds took over, got home around 5ish", he said.

It will appear like a bright star, before fading from sight a few minutes later. The centre's curator, Ramswaroop, said: "The lunar eclipse will likely be for around six hours".

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) stated that the total lunar eclipse on July 28 would occur in the early morning in the western part of the sky. "[This will be] the longest [lunar eclipse] in this century", he said. They also asked about misconceptions such as avoiding having during eclipses.


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