Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday - Scientist

Katie Ramirez
July 27, 2018

Every time there is an eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth's shadow, but it doesn't always pass through the same part of the shadow.

The total eclipse is expected to last a record-breaking one hour and 43 minutes, seen in Italy from 21:30, when the moon enters the shadow of the Earth and turns red, until 23:13, when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance.

However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

In the images, taken in North London, the moon has left behind all its greyness and embraced the warmer tones caused by the total lunar eclipse. While it won't be visible in Canadian skies, there are ways you can see the spectacle for yourself. During the eclipse, the Earth will be moving directly between the Sun and the Moon.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface. A partial lunar eclipse happens when part of the Moon enters Earth's shadow.

A lunar eclipse or chandra grahan occurs when the Earth while orbiting the Sun comes between the Sun and the Moon, stealing the Moon's shine by blocking the sunlight that is reflected by the natural satellite.

"Since, colour red has the longest wavelength, it passes through the atmosphere and reaches moon, while all other colours get scattered away", said professor of astrophysics, Patrick Dasgupta, from Delhi University. It will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 35.9 million miles from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun. About half an hour later, Mars will rise in the same place, sparkling brighter than usual because, in an astronomical coincidence, it is closer to us than at any time during the past 15 years. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does.

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People also might have noticed five planets - Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars - all together in the evening sky lately.

While most are familiar with the scientific explanation, the phenomenon would have struck terror into our ancestors.

Klus said she was frustrated as many people seem unaware what causes the "blood moon", or that the phenomenon was not astronomically mysterious.

The areas of our planet from which this can be experienced are very limited, because the total lunar eclipse must be ongoing at the time of moonset/sunrise.

But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find the flawless spot to see the red moon coming over the horizon, you'll still be able to get a good view once it rises in the sky.

Try to find an open space or high hilltop clear of trees and tall buildings around you.

But it can be hard to tell with the naked eye.

What are the chances of seeing it?

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