Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Blood moon over Dunedin

U.S. won't see upcoming lunar eclipse: How to view it online Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist
Doris Mccormick | 30 July, 2018, 20:16

In addition, the event will also be visible in parts of South-America, parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

NASA said the reason the eclipse lasted more than one hour and 40 minutes was because the moon went "directly through the center of the Earth's shadow".

Over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear.

The time of greatest eclipse will be 2021 GMT on July 27.

Unlike with solar eclipses, no special equipment is needed to observe lunar eclipses. The total eclipse lasted nearly one hour and 43 minutes.

Skywatchers in New South Wales and Queensland lost sight of the moon near the end of the eclipse but the rest of the country was treated to the entire eclipse.

Lunar eclipse begins when the Moon begins to pass into Earth's shadow, gradually growing dimmer. This phenomenon also causes what's commonly called a "blood moon" because of the reddish glow the moon appears to emit during sunset and sunrise.

U.S. won't see upcoming lunar eclipse: How to view it online

People gathered at 8am on Saturday to watch a rare celestial event known as a selenelion - where an eclipsed moon and the sun can be seen in the sky at the same moment. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

The eclipse will have been visible from Africa to the Middle East, Europe, Russia, India, and Australia.

The Moon gradually returns to its normal color and brightens as it emerges from Earth's shadow.

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.

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123.

Clouds obscure the view for people gathered to see the "blood moon", the longest total eclipse of the moon this century, on Primrose Hill in London.

The opposition of Mars takes place approximately every two years, but due to the very elliptical orbit of Mars, the distance between Earth and Mars varies significantly during each encounter, it said.

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Blood Moon on July 27: longest total lunar eclipse of the century Blood Moon on July 27: longest total lunar eclipse of the century Other objects will also be visible Although not as distinct as Mars, other planets will also make an appearance in the night sky. Dr Brown said: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".