Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

The moon is seen passing through the shadow of the earth as it

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

When the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, Earth's shadow will be cast on the moon.

Such long total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000 for totality duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another one on June 15, 2011 for totality duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.

The lunar eclipse will coincide with the closest approach of Mars to Earth, PTI reported.

The eclipse will not be visible to residents of the United States as by the time the moon rises at night in the United States, it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra. "About an hour later, the partial phase will begin at 2.24am when the moon begins to be covered by the dark Earth's shadow, the Umbra", he said. You can see the live stream below: If you aren't aware, a lunar eclipse takes place when Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist
‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

The eclipse will be witnessed in Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

"If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun", said Fabian.

As with most such night-sky events, the best place to see it is out in the country away from lights.

In contrast, New Zealanders will be able to watch the start of the eclipse before sunrise July 28.

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The July 27, 2018, lunar eclipse will put the moon fully in Earth's shadow for 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds.

While you might imagine that this phenomenon leads to a dark sky, the way the sunlight travels through Earth's atmosphere means that it actually casts the moon in a reddish orange hue-hence the nickname "blood moon". The scientists at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that this would be the longest lunar eclipse.

Thai stargazers will be staying up into the wee hours of Saturday to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, as a "super blood moon" dazzles the world.

The lunar eclipse over Warsaw, Poland.

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In fact, in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 - 13, where verse 12 says: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great quake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood". Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

On Twitter and Instagram, eclipse watchers can tag their photos of the eclipse with the hashtag #timeanddatelive so that others can browse them more easily.

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