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Blood moon dazzles skygazers in centurys longest eclipse

28 July 2018

The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna Rossa, is possible because, while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

The "totality" period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes.

The lunar eclipse, unlike a solar eclipse, is safe to view with the naked eye or even binoculars.

According to Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies like the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimize any disturbance.

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.

So, from the United Kingdom and Europe, the south-east will be the place to look for the rising, eclipsing Moon with bright red Mars below.

No glasses are needed for the lunar eclipse due to its dimmer colour.

I'll tell people to look at the moon on any random night, but tonight, Friday July 27, is when you should really be turning your head toward the sky.

People may have missed the moon eclipse, but were treated to a spectacular sunrise.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he said.

A "blood moon" is seen during a full lunar eclipse in the southern Bavarian village of Raisting, near Munich, Germany, July 27, 2018.

But there's a catch: It'll be visible only in parts of South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The celestial event, where the moon will line up with the Earth and the sun, will be seen across the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

The red sheen that the moon will take on is entirely dependent on how much dust is in the Earth's atmosphere. This eclipse is a total lunar eclipse, which means it will be particularly red.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one is extra special because it's also the blood moon.

The Virtual Telescope Project will share a live stream of the lunar eclipse and Mars at its brightest just a few degrees apart above the skyline of Rome.

He said the moon would begin to enter earth's shadow (known as the penumbra) around 5.15am and would gradually dim until about 6.25am.

"Although there is a lunar eclipse visible from New Zealand every couple of years, on average, being located in the right place to see a celestial peculiarity like a selenelion is much less frequent, and very few people have witnessed one".

Blood moon dazzles skygazers in centurys longest eclipse