Blood moon tonight to be longest of century

Gwen Vasquez
July 29, 2018

The eclipse is also known as the blood or red moon because when eclipsed, the moon looks red. In these areas, when the moon retains its red colour lasted for about an hour and 42 minutes.

If you missed the trilogy of supermoons earlier this year, the Lunar eclipse, the longest of the 21st century, set to occur on Friday, will offer you a rare celestial treat.

New Zealanders in the south will have the best chance of seeing tomorrow morning's total lunar eclipse.

"And the density of dust increasing in the atmosphere can cause the moon to appear a particularly deep red, and indeed it has the same effect on our sunsets and sunrises".

In Melbourne, the blood moon could still be seen over the western horizon after 6am. "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 handsome", said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society in London.

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It was also a supermoon - meaning the Earth's natural satellite appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reached its closest point to our planet.

The Blood Moon phenomenon is fairly common, and included the super blue blood moon seen in January.

Excited skywatchers on social media shared photos of the bright planet just to the right of the moon.

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018 India: The Blood Moon 2018 is the second lunar eclipse of 2018. And major observational facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope are always there to support U when U are keen to see the lunar eclipse. Those in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro had more luck, snapping the red moon in the clear night sky with their phones and cameras. Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3.49 a.m., the statement said.

When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it stops being illuminated by sun, and gets dark. During the lunar eclipse Muslims ask forgiveness from God and reaffirms His Greatness. The bright planets, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, in a line in the sky will appear as if in a Great Planetary Parade. With their strong astronomy skills they would be able to predict an eclipse and in accordance with that they put a proxy king in place of real king for its duration, while the real king would go into hiding and wait for the eclipse to pass.

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