Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

Yes, it's a total lunar eclipse, so the moon will be entirely in the Earth's shadow.

The earlier long duration total lunar eclipse had occurred on 15 June 2011, which lasted for 1 hour 40 minutes.

Yes, the eclipse will be visible in East Africa, the Middle East, the Subcontinent and most of Central Asia. The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1h 00m IST on July 28.

However, there are rarely total eclipses, when both the moon is full and the Earth completely blocks the sun.

The partial eclipse of the moon will start around 11.54 pm Indian Standard Time on July 27, with the total eclipse beginning at 1 am on July 28.

And keep in mind to try and catch the event as soon as you can because the moon will only be in a state of total eclipse until 11.15 pm when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance.

The phenomenon, known as perihelic opposition, will make the red planet appear larger and brighter than normal in the night sky.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking out the sun's light and casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

Blood moon will appear tonight as moon will be seen with a redding tint during Total Lunar Eclipse.

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A lunar eclipse typically happens no more than three times in any given location a year when the earth, sun and moon align and the moon falls in the shadow of the earth.

On January 31, the super blood moon that combines a lunar eclipse, blue moon and super moon was partially visible forming a penumbral eclipse in Kenya between 6:57pm and 7:08pm. The moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

"It just happens to be we're in the right place at the right time to see the whole event", he said. Sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere will light the moon in a dramatic fashion, turning it red. But it won't be visible in Baltimore, or anywhere in North America.

"They will move through reasonably quickly but if that coincides with the peak moment of the eclipse, they could obscure the moon".

What a lunar eclipse can look like.

Our constant companion will also be at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark.

There are solar and lunar eclipses, which occur in multiple ways. Also, Lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are dimmer than the full Moon.

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

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