Skywatchers treated to longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st century

Aug 01, 2018, 11:17
Skywatchers treated to longest

During the eclipse, the moon is expected to take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". Also, the Red wavelengths are less dispersed than the violet and blue wavelengths, the Moon appears Red in colour.

"Dem yelebesech chereka", some murmured - Amharic for "blood moon".

But residents of Bawku believe the moon lost its way and suddenly got caught by the sun, a situation they believe could lead to a calamity. Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky.

Will the blood moon be visible in the United Kingdom?

In Thailand, the total eclipse will be visible from 2:30am to 4:13am local time on July 28. The Penumbral Eclipse begins at 22.44 PM IST on July 27. In fact, a lunar eclipse is less bright than the normal full moon.

The blood moon from Terry Hills, New South Wales.

Many Brits saw the amusing side after the longest heatwave and dry spell in years ended on the one night the incredible event happened.

U.S. won't see upcoming lunar eclipse: How to view it online

There are several apps and pieces of equipment to help amateurs and professionals snap the best image. Unlike a solar Eclipse when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, blocking the sunlight, the moon is not "dark" during the blackout, and instead becomes blood-red.

Across Africa people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions".

What is the blood moon prophecy?

. At what time of day the lunar eclipse appeared depended on where you live.

The world will witness the longest total lunar eclipse of this century on July 27, 2018. The total "blood moon" will be visible to the naked eyes from India and parts of South-America, Europe, and Australia.

It will not be visible in the US.

What time does Friday's lunar eclipse start?

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