Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Longest Blood Red Moon Witnessed Friday for Two Hours

Longest Blood Red Moon Witnessed Friday for Two Hours

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

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.

The Mars opposition takes place every two years or so and occurs when Mars, Earth and the Sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits. Cloudy skies could play spoilsport for those who are interested in watching the total lunar eclipse.

As Noah Petro, from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, explains to Space.com, the duration of the eclipse depends on the position of the moon as it passes through the Earth's shadow. "Don't miss Mars - the bright orange "star" near the moon on eclipse night", the ASSA said.

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The part of Canada with the best vantage point of the total lunar eclipse will be from Newfoundland, just as the Moon rises at night.

It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse without any protective eyewear.

An eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the moon and the sun, causing the Earth's shadow to cover the moon.

The BM Birla Science Centre said the eclipse itself would start a little before midnight at about 11.15pm IST.

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For those in the Middle East and Madagascar, the eclipse will occur about midnight, and people in Europe and Africa will have the best view between sunset and midnight. Earth's shadow moves over the moon, blocking the sunlight that ordinarily reflects off its surface and giving it a reddish glow. Although the viability of that claim is starting to wane, given that we've seen lunar eclipses previously on 14 April and 8 October 2014 as well as 4 April and 28 September 2015, and we're still knocking about. Eastern time, making it too light outside to see the red moon.

In total, the full lunar eclipse will last one hour and 42 minutes, the longest it will be this century. Asia, Indonesia and Australia will see it is between midnight and sunrise on Saturday. While it won't be the century's longest, that "blood moon" is expected to last a respectable 1 hour and 2 minutes!

As if the eclipse isn't enough to hold our attention, Mars will be its closest and brightest to its neighbours since 2003.

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