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Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday - Scientist

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Doris Mccormick | 28 July, 2018, 01:53

This eclipse is rare because it will last for so long and the moon will be ducked in the Earth's shadow for four hours and totally eclipsed for one hour and 45 minutes.

Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere will be best-placed to enjoy the spectacle, especially those in southern Africa, Australia, India and Madagascar, though it will also be partly visible in Europe and South America.

On January 31 this year, another total lunar eclipse took place, but it was not really visible in most of the UAE.

Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon. A period of complete eclipse, known as "totality", will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. ET. One can see the partial eclipse in India starting 11:44 pm IST followed by the total lunar eclipse at 1am.

Is the eclipse safe to look at? .

According to Hazarry, stargazers should be able to see the red planet appear as a very bright reddish "star" rising on the eastern sky at around 8pm from Brunei.

A close-up view of the total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015. You can see the live stream below: If you aren't aware, a lunar eclipse takes place when Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon.

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"The moon is not always in ideal alignment with the sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle", said Brad Tucker, an astronomer with the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

A lunar eclipse is when the sunlight's path to the moon is blocked by the Earth, with the moon falling in the Earth's shadow.

This eclipse will be the longest in this century and is expected to last for more than 100 minutes.

The moon will begin to move into the penumbra - the fuzzy outer edge of the Earth's shadow - at 17:14 GMT. South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones.

With the Middle East nearly in the centre of the event, the UAE has one of the "best seats in the house", according to a local astronomer.

BSS will host a seminar on lunar eclipse addressed by senior scientist Jayant Murthy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, to dismiss myths and superstitions. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m. But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon.

The website will have live footage of the blood moon on Friday and Saturday.

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