Details About The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century The "Blood Moon"

Details About The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century The

Details About The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century The "Blood Moon"

People in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and Asia will have the best view, while the final stages of the eclipse after sunset will be visible in parts of South America.

Swathes of eastern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia are in the flawless spot for the eclipse, meaning they will be able to see it in its entirety - provided the weather is good. The partial eclipses that lead up to and follow the total eclipse will last an hour and 6 minutes each. Additionally, near the eclipsed "blood moon" on Friday will be the "red planet" Mars shining at its brightest in 15 years.

NASA said the total lunar eclipse will last almost two hours Friday night, turning the moon a reddish orange color.

In a attractive coincidence, on July 27, Mars will also appear large and bright in the sky as it moves towards its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. This glorious sight occurs because of the way sunlight bends (refracts) through the Earth's atmosphere.

The moon will be transformed into a reddish orange colour.

The UK will have one of the best views of the eclipse in the world at dusk on Friday, as the moon turns blood red for hours. In Israel the partial eclipse will begin at 9:24 p.m., with the full eclipse visible from 10:30 p.m. and reaching its maximum at 11:21 p.m.

For people in the United Kingdom, the "blood moon" will rise in the south-eastern sky already immersed completely in the Earth's shadow.

The team of astronomers behind the Virtual Telescope will stream the Blood Moon from the Roman Forum on Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy.

The first part of the lunar eclipse will see the Moon fall under the Earth's shadow.

Lunar eclipses generally last much longer than their solar counterpart. During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". For this eclipse, the moon will pass closer to the centre of that cone, and therefore it would take it a little longer than the one that had happened just in January.

This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003.

But people who live in North America are out of luck-the eclipse won't be visible from here.

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