Red Moon: Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

Red Moon: Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

The sky show will not be visible from North America, but there's still a way to catch all the action surrounding the "blood moon" online.

Skywatchers around much of the world are looking forward to a complete lunar eclipse that will be the longest this century. (Picture: EPA) The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse next to the German national flag on top of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany.

"This is also known as Blood Moon, where the earth's satellite takes on a reddish color", the officials said. It wasn't visible in the US, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

The cause of the Blood Moon, technically an eclipse in itself, is when the planet passes through the shadow cast by Earth.

"South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones".

"The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere".

According to NASA, the next lunar eclipse that is this long will occur in 2123. The period of totality for this eclipse will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.

Widespread monsoon rainstorms and thick clouds hid the moon across much of India and its neighbours, which should have had a prime view.

An effect created on the slow shutter speed showing the the moon turn red during the lunar eclipse, in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India.

Graphic Shows Visibility
This graphic shows the visibility of the

At its closest approach, Mars will be 54.6 million km from Earth.

"The higher you are, the better, because the sun will be barely clearing the horizon as the moon sets in the opposite direction".

Uploading selfies of eating and drinking during the time of eclipse would be starting step towards breaking the false belief system prevalent in public.

The moon was also 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.

Here in North America, however, we will get a great look at Mars at its opposition, meaning when the Earth is directly between Mars and the sun.

Viewers received an extra treat, with Mars competing for attention, sparkling brightly.

And astronauts on board the International Space Station captured these incredible images of the Blood Moon from space. This is when the moon is completely inside the Earth's shadow and is the most spectacular part of the lunar eclipse.

Australians were treated to a celestial extravaganza this morning, as a historic lunar eclipse dazzled early morning risers across the nation.

'Blood moon' lunar eclipse partially visible in T&T on Friday
But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon. It was also better the further south you are with Otago and Southland favoured because the event will last longer.

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