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Blood Moon dazzles stargazers in longest lunar eclipse of 21st century

28 July, 2018, 09:49 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • The moon is seen passing through the shadow of the earth as it

He said: "The moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".

The total eclipse lasts 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours.

Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases.

This month's lunar eclipse was not a "super moon", but what made this particular eclipse so historic was its unique alignment with the Earth, piercing the exact centre of the Earth's shadow.

During a regular supermoon, the full moon appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. This brings the Moon completely in the shadow of the Earth making it darker. It will begin when the full moon enters the Earth's shadow (Penumbra) at 1.14am on July 28.

While you might imagine that this phenomenon leads to a dark sky, the way the sunlight travels through Earth's atmosphere means that it actually casts the moon in a reddish orange hue-hence the nickname "blood moon".

North America will nearly completely miss out on the blood moon.

The eclipse will be the longest in the 21st Century, starting at 10.44 pm and ending over six hours later, at 4.58 am on Saturday.

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There's going to be quite a show going on in Space on Friday night as a total lunar eclipse and Mars get together in the night sky.

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes. Generally, there are three lunar eclipses occurring in any given location per year, though some years there can be none. It's one in the lifetime event when the Moon will turn blood red at nearly an hour past midnight on July 27 or early morning July 28.

But the good news is we will get a great look at Mars, as the planet will be the closest it's been to Earth since 2003.

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.

North American residents suffering from eclipse FOMO will be able to watch the event online.

Here are some of the most googled questions about the lunar eclipse answered.

From 9.30pm to 11.13pm, the moon will be totally eclipsed.

Mesopotamians regarded the blood moon as an omen that the king would be attacked. Also, the Red wavelengths are less dispersed than the violet and blue wavelengths, the Moon appears Red in colour. That's nearly as long as the longest lunar eclipse ever, which came in at an hour and 47 minutes.

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