Blood moon dazzles star gazers in longest lunar eclipse of 21st century

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

The rare celestial event said to be the longest in the 21st century, will see the moon pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen.

The so-called "blood moon", when it turns a deep red, was visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon lined up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.

During a regular supermoon, the full moon appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. For four hours, it will be partly in the Earth's shadow.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

Dr Jacob said: "Anyone on that night-side of the Earth would be able to see the moon go into the eclipse".

Where skies are clear of cloud, the spectacle will be visible nearly everywhere around the world, with the exception of North America.

The longest lunar eclipse of the century will happen late Friday or early Saturday, depending on where you live.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon. The partial eclipse starts in India at 11:44pm IST, while the total eclipse begins at 1am IST.

Whatever your favored explanation, it's happening this month and it'll last for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes. In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro moon.

If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019. The eclipse will already have started by the time the Moon rises over the United Kingdom and Western Europe. Read on to find out all you need to know about the blood moon tonight.

Excited skywatchers on social media shared photos of the bright planet just to the right of the moon.

The red colour is because of the way light travels through the Earth's atmosphere.

Kiwi eclipse watchers were disappointed this morning when the moon disappeared behind clouds at the crucial moment.

According to scientists, the longest possible theoretical duration for totality during a lunar eclipse is 107 minutes. This eclipse is a total lunar eclipse, which means it will be particularly red. Friday, July 27, will be a date to remember, as the total lunar eclipse will be visible to the naked eye throughout Morocco.

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