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'Nigerians Can See Blood Moon Tomorrow From 6:44pm to 9:21pm'

'Nigerians Can See Blood Moon Tomorrow From 6:44pm to 9:21pm'”

Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, a professor, Augustine Ubachukwu, has said.

Path of the Moon into Earth's Shadows and the times during the Total Lunar Eclipse on July 28 from Brunei DarussalamLooking about West at around 2am from Brunei Darussalam, the Blood Moon and Mars will put on a stellar show on July 28.

"Moon is going around the earth in elliptical orbit".

One of the longest total lunar eclipses of the centuries will light up the skies around the world on Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning.

"From that point onwards, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion".

The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna Rossa, is possible because, while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon. Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood-red.

"At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".

The rare cosmic event won't be visible to skywatchers in Canada, the USA or Greenland, but it should be at least partially visible everywhere else. This day will also be a Blood Moon, where the earth's satellite takes on a reddish colour. Astrophysicist Ramesh Chender Kapoor, who was with Indian Institute of Astrophysics, opined that the lunar eclipse is not all harmful. Longer blue and violet wavelengths are scattered more than shorter red, orange and yellow wavelengths.

The longest lunar eclipse of the century happens this Friday - and the UAE is one of the best places in the world to watch the event. A period of complete eclipse, known as "totality", will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. ET.

The eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America and in the United Kingdom from around 21:00 to 22:15 BST.

For those in the Middle East and Madagascar, the eclipse will occur about midnight, and people in Europe and Africa will have the best view between sunset and midnight. The eclipse will occur simultaneously with the perihelic opposition of Mars, a coincidence that happens once every 25,000 years.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact locations, and TimeandDate.com has timings based on your location.

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. The full eclipse will go for more than 6 hours.

The Virtual Telescope Project will share a live stream of the lunar eclipse and Mars at its brightest just a few degrees apart above the skyline of Rome. CBSN, CBS News' 24-hour online streaming platform, will stream coverage featuring reports from CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta from Johannesburg, South Africa, and analysis from scientists and experts starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar event can be viewed without wearing protective eye gear.

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption At its closest approach, Mars will be 54.6 million km from Earth.



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