Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday

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The lunar eclipse will be visible in India.

The eclipse will be visible from Central Asia and Eastern Africa with reduced visibility in Europe, Western Africa, South America and parts of Southeast Asia and Australia. The total lunar eclipse would start at 1.00 am on July 28.

A blood moon is a term used to describe a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon appears darkened as it passes through the Earth's shadow.

This is the latest eclipse of the space-housed pair we call our own home (Earth) and our moon.

According to NASA, the moon moves in an orbit around Earth, and at the same time, Earth orbits the sun.

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It happens when Earth casts its shadow onto the lunar surface as it passes between the sun and moon.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit".

Sky Live TV will broadcast the lunar eclipse from Hess, Namibia and has the option for Spanish commentary also. "Besides, the opposition of Mars will also occur on these dates, which is happening after 15 years". Mars will be closest to the Earth in decades. The earth blocks sunlight from reaching the moon.

What is a blood moon? . "We use telescopes, to get the best view of these phenomena", she told to the Free Press.

He said: "As the eclipse continues, it will be at peak position at 9.50pm and end at 10.13pm making it 35 minutes long".

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The full lunar eclipse is expected to last more than 100 minutes and will transform the moon into a reddish-orange color, but the entire event will last more than 6 hours.

For the duration of the total lunar eclipse, the Moon will be completely engulfed by the Earth's shadow. "These celestial events would be tough to witness, given the cloud cover from the ongoing monsoons".

The totality of this lunar eclipse will last about an hour and 43 minutes, but a partial eclipse before and after the total phase will each last an hour and six minutes - which means the moon will spend almost four hours crossing the Earth's shadow. This makes the moon appear red to people on Earth.

And unlike solar eclipses, especially the total solar eclipse in August 2017, the lunar eclipse is safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars. "This red tint comes from a filtering effect of the Earth's the intensity of the coloring will depend on the state of the atmosphere".

The last time the Red Planet was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when the distance between Mars and the Earth closed to less than 56 million kilometres.

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