Your guide to the longest full eclipse of the moon this century

Gwen Vasquez
July 30, 2018

The quirky color change was part of the longest lunar eclipse of the century, with people from as far away as Germany, Greece and Turkey to South Africa and Australia capturing images of how the moon appeared to dim as it became aligned with the Earth and Sun.

While the exact time of the opposition fell at 1:13 p.m. Friday, which was invisible due to sunlight, observation conditions will be close to ideal overnight Friday and Saturday and even a few days after the event, according to the museum.

On the same day as the eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to Earth.

There's going to be quite a show going on in Space on Friday night as a total lunar eclipse and Mars get together in the night sky.

Unlike like a solar eclipse, it is entirely safe to look directly at a lunar eclipse, and Friday's eclipse offered sky-watchers more time than usual to look. For viewers in India, the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be visible in its entirety from all parts of the country.

During the eclipse, the moon will look red, which is also referred to as a "blood moon". England has been scorched by a ruthless sun for weeks, but in some areas stargazers gathered only to see the moon obscured by a sudden spell of cloudy weather.

Slooh will broadcast the entire lunar eclipse on its YouTube channel, which should go live at 1:00 p.m. EDT (17:00 UT).

Your guide to the longest full eclipse of the moon this century

"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". Some light, though, still reaches it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

The fullest eclipse, at 2022 GMT, was visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, much of Asia and Australi a though clouds blocked out the moon in some places. First, there will be a total lunar eclipse and although uncommon, this one is special because it's going to last a lot longer than usual - in fact the longest this century.

At 8.24pm, the moon will start moving into the umbral shadow of the earth.

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 eclipse to last that long will occur on June 9, 2123, but it will not be visible from Australia.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!"

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