'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28

"In early days experiencing a total lunar eclipse would have felt like the end of the world".

"However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour, hence this event's somewhat ominous moniker".

Also, timeanddate.com reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100.

Nights before, the effect has already begun with the moon not yet eclipsed by the Earth, but enough to colour it very noticeably.

The same day, Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to earth, so observers may be able to see what looks like an orange-red star which is in fact the so called red planet.

Although the actual point of opposition will take place on July 27, Mars will be noticeably larger for the majority of the month of July. Also, Lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are dimmer than the full Moon.

Viewers in the Middle East, eastern Africa, southern Asia and India will be in prime position to witness the entire eclipse.

The site also has interactive maps that show which regions will see a partial or total eclipse.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

The Eclipse is expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until the eclipse ends around 12:30am of the 28th of July 2018.

"Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had occurred on July 16, 2000 for a totality duration of one hour 46 minutes and another on June 15, 2011 for a totality duration of one hour 40 minutes". Additionally, Javascript Lunar Eclipse Explorer (https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/JLEX/JLEX-NA.html) can compute the local circumstances for every lunar eclipse visible from a city for any century from -1999 to 3000.

Today's event would be followed tomorrow morning by another rare happening - an eclipsed moon that could be visible on one horizon while the Sun rose on the other.

However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021.

Red light had a better chance of doing so for the same reason the sky was blue - shorter wave-lengths were scattered more efficiently by the molecules in our atmosphere.

This phenomenon could be explained by the elliptical or oval-shaped orbits that Earth and Mars followed around the Sun.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface. The Moon will rise in a totally-eclipsed state and we will see about three quarters of the total phase of the eclipse.

As the moon continues on its orbit, the second phase will involve another partial lunar eclipse, which should be visible from around 2:43 am IST.

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