'Blood Moon' Dazzles Skygazers In Century's Longest Eclipse

Century’s longest lunar eclipse tonight All you need to know

The moon will glide into Earth's shadow Friday in what will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123.

Whether a full moon turns coppery red depends entirely on the atmospheric conditions and how much dust is in the air to bounce off the light from the sun. Interestingly, the August 6/7, 2036 eclipse will not have almost as long a totality as the June 25/26, 2029 total lunar eclipse, where totality will last for 102 minutes. The best visibility will be in Africa and Asia.

"It starts with a partial eclipse at 7:24 p.m".

It's also expected that Mars will be shining its brightest in 15 years. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small. This occurs at the same time that it will reach one of its closest points to the Earth, about 35.9 million miles away.

Billions of people across the world today are eyeing the sky tonight to witness one of the rarest yet interesting, picturesque, spectacle celestial the total lunar eclipse.

A skygazer in Sydney watches the blood moon.

The moon in the lunar eclipse will also be passing through the middle of the Earth's shadow, meaning it will spend the maximum time in darkness, thus contributing to the long duration of the eclipse.

Mr Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon. Astronomers often talk about these events, characterized by two celestial bodies appearing very close together in the sky.

However, North America will miss out on the spectacular event.

On December 26 next year, people in Brunei will be experien-cing a partial solar eclipse when the moon passes in front of the Sun.

The moon being eclipsed by the earth's shadow just before it disappeared behind clouds. Since the moon crosses the earth's shadow, along the central region, it takes a longer time to cross it.

The total lunar eclipse can be witnessed in Asian countries, South America, Australia, Africa and Europe. It began with a penumbral lunar eclipses on June 10, 1351 and will end with another penumbral eclipse on July 24, 2613. Ursa said that it is perfectly safe to look at the moon with the naked eye, or with binoculars or telescopes.

"Until today I thought Mars, Jupiter and the other planets were in the imagination of scientists", Purity Sailepo, 16, told AFP.

As of now, the lunar eclipse can be seen only on timeanddate.com/live/.

"The moon usually turns a deep, dark red because it is illuminated by light that has passed through the Earth's atmosphere and has been bent back towards the moon by refraction", the British Royal Observatory explained.

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