Brief glimpse of 'blood moon' over Lapland

Brief glimpse of 'blood moon' over Lapland”

People in many countries have been catching a glimpse of a "blood moon" for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century. Friday's eclipse will offer sky-watchers more time than usual to look.

The total eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours.

A Mars opposition occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the red planet and all three are arranged in a almost straight line, making the two planets also the closest to each other.

The moon will go through three stages, a partial eclipse, then a total, then a partial one again.

Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar.

Those in Australia's west, where alarms were set from 2am, got to see the end of the eclipse's totality, he said.

During the eclipse, the full moon will have a copper hue when it becomes completely obscured by the Earth's shadow between 3:30 a.m. and 5:14 a.m., it said.

With no regards for borders, spectators gazed at the same moon in Gaza, Israel and Egypt. Folks peered through telescopes in Johannesburg, and saw a brilliant show in the sky over Jakarta.

Lunar Eclipse

First of all, we need to get straight what a blood moon is, and that's simple because it's just a total lunar eclipse.

According to NASA scientists: "The exact colour that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere".

During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.

The eclipse will have been visible from Africa to the Middle East, Europe, Russia, India, and Australia.

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

The July 2018 lunar eclipse will be the longest one till June 9, 2123.

In a total lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through the core of Earth's shadow, often turning red-orange due to the bending of sunlight through Earth's atmosphere. In addition to its length, the astronomical event was unusual because Mars was exceptionally close to Earth at the time - 57.6 million kilometres (35.2 million miles) - making it visible to the naked eye.

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