Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week

Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week

Australia will be treated to a Blood Moon and a total lunar eclipse, as the Earth passes between the Sun and Moon, this weekend.

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Lunar Eclipse is one of the most mesmerizing and unusual phenomena that occur every year, but this month, on July 27 2018, the world is going to witness the first full Lunar Eclipse of the century.

Put simply, an eclipse occurs when a planet or moon passes between another planet, the moon or the sun.

A lunar eclipse usually lasts for a few hours.

The next total lunar eclipse visible in the US will be on January 21, 2019, according to NASA, and will occur during a super moon.

Central and Eastern Africa: The entire eclipse will be visible in Central and Eastern Africa, with totality beginning in major cities like Cairo and Nairobi at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time, respectively.

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Star-gazers are set for a night-time spectacle as a blood moon lunar eclipse will be making an appearance at the end of the week. But North America, a large part of the Pacific ocean and a large part of the Arctic did not notice.

A "super blue blood moon" is a combination of a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse. The blood moon and Mars inversion do not require the aid of special eyewear.

"The total lunar eclipse will last three hours in total and be visible from Dundee at moonrise". There will be a partial lunar eclipse next July. Those of you in the United Kingdom should look for this eclipse starting in at around 11PM (that's 23:00 hours) local time. All celestial bodies - sun, moon and earth - have to be in flawless alignment for the phenomenon to occur.

Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000, for totality duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another one on June 15, 2011, for totality duration of 1 hour 40 minutes. So, start clearing your schedule for Friday because this total lunar eclipse is happening with or without you. However, Indians might not be lucky because of the ongoing monsoon season in the country which might cause the moon to be blocked from view.

Hundreds of years ago, when people observed the moon during an eclipse, they discovered that the shape of Earth is round.

Unlike a solar eclipse, both the eclipsed moon and Mars can be viewed safely without eye protection.

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