‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

The total eclipse lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse preceded and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of almost 4 hours in the Earth's umbral shadow, according to Nasa.

The moon is set to turn red on Friday in the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, visible across Europe.

The moon being eclipsed by the earth's shadow just before it disappeared behind clouds.

During totality the moon will be completely in the Earth's shadow.

At about 8.30pm the earth began to pass between the setting sun and the moon casting its shadow across the surface.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly.

It's definitely a bummer for anyone in North America, but there's still a way to watch the eclipse happen live. And, you're in luck - you can totally catch sight of the blood moon no matter where you are in the world!

Mars, also known as the Red Planet, will share the skies with the Micro Blood Moon eclipse on July 27/28, 2018.

This marks the second total lunar eclipse this year visible from Australia, with the next one predicted for 2021.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

The next lengthy lunar eclipse is scheduled for 2123.

The rare event occurs when the Earth appears in a straight line between the Moon and the Sun.

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth. In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro moon.

If you miss this lunar eclipse you will have to wait until January 21, 2019 to see another one.

Early morning star-gazers in Dunedin were rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at a "blood moon" like no other.

"This is actually nearly as long as a lunar eclipse could be", Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester, explained.

The Sky Watchers' Association of North Bengal (SWAN) is hoping the skies clear up before the celestial show.

The term "blood moon" was popularised by Christian pastor John Hagee in 2013 following the release of the book Four Blood Moons, which highlighted a lunar sequence of four total eclipses that occurred in 2014/15. Amateur astronomers have also volunteered to guide people tonight about the eclipse, according to local media.

According to scientists, the longest possible theoretical duration for totality during a lunar eclipse is 107 minutes.

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