Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

Jul 29, 2018, 14:32
Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

As Earth's constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon. Amateur astronomers will guide people about the eclipse. Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar. On average, the totality lasts approximately one hour to one hour and 30 minutes during moon eclipse. The partial eclipse starts in India at 11:44pm IST, while the total eclipse begins at 1am IST. "There are way too many prophecies in play here... we're in the end times".

The eclipse will be visible across Europe.

However, bad weather thwarted the cosmic display in several parts of the world. "I managed to get the maximum eclipse but from then on the monstrous clouds took over, I got home around 5am".

Similarly, eager observers who had assembled on cliffs and beaches in the English county of Dorset were left in the dark due to an overcast sky. If you are signed into YouTube with your Google account, you can even set a reminder - you will be notified when stream goes live for you to watch lunar eclipse live online.

In Cairo, the moon eclipsed a star, as it stood above a picture of Brazilian footballer Neymar.

"We should have a coppery red tint on the moon with Mars the "Red Planet" just next to it, very bright and with a slight orange hue itself".

A blood moon rises over Gaza City, Friday, July 27, 2018.

Tonight (July 26), the moon will pass through the center of Earth's rusty-red shadow and remain there for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes.

When the moon moves into the conical shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark. Some light, though, still reaches it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

During the eclipse, the Earth will be moving directly between the Sun and the Moon.

"During a very dark eclipse the moon may be nearly invisible".

The longest lunar eclipse of the century will happen late Friday or early Saturday, depending on where you live.

After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine and cloudless skies, thunderstorms swept across swathes of the United Kingdom on Friday, veiling what was said to be the longest celestial event in the 21st century.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones.