Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Dazzles Skywatchers

Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Dazzles Skywatchers

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.

At 8.24pm, the moon will start moving into the umbral shadow of the earth.

The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11.44 pm on Friday evening and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1 am.

While Mars is visible in the night sky nearly all year round, it can get extremely bright every few years.

For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all.

You will find several videos and space channels live streaming the lunar eclipse.

Unfortunately, if you live in North America, you won't be able to see the lunar eclipse in person.

"I also looked on topographic maps and used Google Street View and found a hill where I could look over a house and see the lunar eclipse". "The next total lunar eclipse that will last that long will not occur until 2123", he noted.

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People in the Europe, the Middle East and the rest of Africa witnessed the celestial phenomenon between sunset and midnight, while those in Australia and eastern Asia saw the eclipse between midnight and dawn.

The shadow of the Earth's atmosphere filtered through sunlight appears red when it hits the surface of the Moon, giving the eerie-looking blood moon.

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes.

It will appear like a bright star, before fading from sight a few minutes later.

Mars will shine bright all night at its closest point to Earth since 2003 and much of the globe will also see a total lunar eclipse turn our satellite into an orange-red "blood moon". He will be speaking about the relevance of a lunar eclipse. The Mahila Seva Samaj School, in association with Aryabhata Planetarium, will be setting up a high-end telescope in the playground to view the spectacular blood moon.

According to some Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies such as the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimise any disturbance. You can tune it at the eclipse timings and watch the entire event without any interruptions. Blue light is scattered, leaving only red.

While other colours in the spectrum are blocked and scattered by the Earth's atmosphere, red light tends to make it through easier. It will appear as a dark, reddish disk in the sky.

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