Your guide to the longest full eclipse of the moon this century


NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse. This brings the Moon completely in the shadow of the Earth making it darker. The earth comes in between the sun and moon, while the crossing shadows when falls on the moon, creates this celestial happening.

In the United Kingdom the partial eclipse will begin at 8.30pm, the total eclipse will occur between 9.20pm with the moon visible to the south-east, until 10.13pm.

We may not be able to see this week's total lunar eclipse here in D.C., but you can take in the views from around the world via livestream.

A "super blue blood moon" rises during a total lunar eclipse as seen from Quezon City, Philippines on Jan 30 this year. And finally, there are total lunar eclipses, where the entire moon passes through the umbra. 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 views were in Western Australia because it was still dark during the lunar eclipse process.

The red sheen that the moon will take on is entirely dependent on how much dust is in the Earth's atmosphere.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres.

Blood moon to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse
The different phases of moon from Kochi Kerala

The 2018 lunar eclipse will last 20 minutes longer than the last lunar eclipse, which occurred on January 31st and lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes.

Kiwi eclipse watchers were disappointed this morning when the moon disappeared behind clouds at the crucial moment. Totality will continue for 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the Moon taking on a deep red-orange color during that time.

No glasses are needed for the lunar eclipse due to its dimmer colour. The total eclipse is scheduled to end at 5.13 a.m. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

The blood moon from Terry Hills, New South Wales.

The Virtual Telescope Project is hosting the alluringly named "Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet" and will have its cameras trained on the moon during the eclipse. Friday, July 27, will be a date to remember, as the total lunar eclipse will be visible to the naked eye throughout Morocco.

This is estimated to be the longest total lunar eclipse for the next century, until June 9, 2123.

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