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Details About The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century The "Blood Moon"

26 July 2018, 11:46 | Justin Tyler

The Super Blue Blood Moon in January this year. Image Lannon Harley ANU

The Super Blue Blood Moon in January this year. Image Lannon Harley ANU

The world will witness a rare celestial event on Friday - the longest lunar eclipse of the century that will last one hour and 45 minutes.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

"India is at the centre stage of the lunar eclipse".

The lunar eclipse totality (when the earth's shadow is blocking all of the moon) will last just shy of an hour and 43 minutes.

The moon will rise in the south-east first, at around 8.50pm in London, and the eclipse will continue until early on Saturday. And that is why it's also known as the blood moon.

"A blood moon is what we call a solar lunar eclipse".

All of this is easily visible with the naked eye. However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

The UK falls slightly outside of the ideal viewing range, meaning people will see the full eclipse for only 84 minutes of the total time. And because of this shadow, the surface of the moon appears red, giving it the name of Blood Moon.

On July 28 (AEST), the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible across much of the globe, including Australia. The celestial event, where the moon will line up with the Earth and the sun, will be seen across the United Kingdom and other parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

'The colour is due to Rayleigh scattering - where the sun's blue light is scattered off molecules in the earth's atmosphere - which also happens at sunsets.

Unfortunately for those in the north of the country and some western areas, light rain is predicted while the east and most of the south is looking clear.

In all places except for the place from which you're most likely situated will get an opportunity to view this eclipse.

As if the eclipse isn't enough to hold our attention, Mars will be its closest and brightest to its neighbours since 2003.

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "A total lunar eclipse, Mars, Jupiter and the International Space Station".

According to Hagee, Spain's expulsion of its Jews and discovery of the New World in 1492, the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and the Six Day War in 1967 were the previous three times the blood moon tetrad occurred.

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