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What Nigeria will experience on Friday night - Scientist

26 July 2018, 11:41 | Justin Tyler

Image Where will the eclipse be visible? Pic Piruliton

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

Telescopes can be useful but overpowering; if you're using a telescope, you get a close-up view of the moon, but it's really a much more dramatic thing to see against the night sky with binoculars.

But the eclipse that will stretch from South America to New Zealand on Friday will last nearly four hours, coming in at three hours and 55 minutes.

Lunar eclipses occur as the moon passes through Earth's shadow.

Also, timeanddate.com reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100.

The skies across most of France are set to be mostly clear for Friday's lunar eclipse.

Although Mars is visible in the night sky all year round, it will be extremely bright on July 27.

And last but not least: Mars just happens to be in opposition on Friday night as well.

The astronomy expert told Express.co.uk: "The lunar eclipse is a very obvious, naked-eye sight".

Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA). It should also be at least partially visible from Europe, Australia, South America and most of eastern Asia, although the total eclipse phase will not last as long. Meanwhile, the total eclipse may begin at 1 am on 28 July.

"It will be the century's longest total lunar eclipse with a whopping one hour and 43 minutes in totality". It'll be a mere six months until North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019.

Earlier this year, on 31 Januray 2018, we all got treated to a rare celestial event - the Super Blue Blood Moon.

"Hence the appellation of "Blood Moon". This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned in a straight line.

The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle. Hence lunar eclipse occurs only when there is full moon.

Ale said that not all full moon has eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun, pointing out that when the planes coincide and the Earth passes in between the Moon and the Sun, it cut off the sun rays from reaching the moon directly and thereby causing an eclipse.

Hence a black shadow will be seen taking a bite out of the moon.

Before and after this total eclipse phase, the Moon passes into a transitional phase called penumbra: the total duration of these three phases (penumbra, total, penumbra) varies from place to place.

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