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Longest lunar eclipse of the century on Friday

28 July 2018

The entire event - beginning as the moon passes through the Earth's stratosphere - will last about six hours and 13 minutes, Petro said. This slower moving full Moon will take longer time and greater distance of Earth's umbral shadow cone to travel. It can be best viewed from Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia. Although the viability of that claim is starting to wane, given that we've seen lunar eclipses previously on 14 April and 8 October 2014 as well as 4 April and 28 September 2015, and we're still knocking about.

Professor Khalid al-Zaaq, a member in the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, revealed on his social media accounts that on Friday July 27, Saudi Arabia will experience the longest lunar total eclipse since 83 years.

Star-gazers are set for a night-time spectacle as a blood moon lunar eclipse will be making an appearance at the end of the week.

Sadly, North Americans will miss out entirely.

Also of interest, Mars will be visible very close to the eclipsed moon.

The team of astronomers behind the Virtual Telescope will stream the Blood Moon from the Roman Forum on Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy. The moon appears to turn deep red or reddish brown.

The lunar eclipse will end at 11.14pm, with a total duration of one hour and 42 minutes. There will be a partial lunar eclipse next July. According to Earthsky.org, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon. The phenomenon would last 1 hour and 43 minutes, which is 40 per cent longer than any other blood moon that has occurred in recent times.

Sky Live TV will broadcast the lunar eclipse from Hess, Namibia and has the option for Spanish commentary also. The moon will start turning red about 5:30 a.m. on the same day.

NASA tells us the moon's red glow is caused by Earth completely blocking the sunlight that normally reflects off its surface. The best view of the eclipse will be reserved for the Indian Ocean, because it will be facing the Moon. The LRO was launched in June 2009 to provide detailed maps to identify "safe and interesting" landing sites on the moon for future human and robotic exploration.

Longest lunar eclipse of the century on Friday