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Total eclipse of the moon

28 July 2018, 01:50 | Justin Tyler

Lunar eclipse. /COURTESY

Lunar eclipse. /COURTESY

But on the upside it means it will also take longer for it to pass through the Earth's shadow, making the lunar eclipse the longest eclipse of this century - it is expected to last for nearly two hours.

North America missed out on Friday's lunar eclipse but can look forward to the next one on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

Slooh will broadcast the entire lunar eclipse on its YouTube channel, which should go live at 1:00 p.m. EDT (17:00 UT).

This is thanks to the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, which is set to go down July 27. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123. The second phase of the eclipse will start from 2:43 am IST, wherein a partial lunar eclipse will be taking place. The occurrence is sometimes called a "blood moon" because - according to a NASA blog - "the light passing through the Earth's atmosphere and falling on the Moon can give it a reddish hue". For the Astro enthusiasts and stargazers, July 27, Friday is an important day since the century's longest lunar eclipse will be seen in the night sky.

Yes, it's a total lunar eclipse, so the moon will be entirely in the Earth's shadow.

"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.

Dr Kenda Knowles, of the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said all eclipses were special, but tomorrow's one would be one of the longest, which would make for great viewing. This brings the Moon completely in the shadow of the Earth making it darker. Those who live in Asia and Australia will be able to see the eclipse between midnight and sunrise on July 28.

By observing the Moon with infrared cameras, such as the one on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists get a chance to see what happens when the surface of the Moon cools quickly. During this period, the total lunar eclipse will commence at 9:30PM and end at 11:3PM.

How often does a blood moon occur?

As with most eclipses, conspiracy theorists believe it is a sign of the end times and is referred to as the Blood Moon prophecy.

Mr Scagell said: "You may see this very eerie-looking deep-red moon rising".

Dr Brown said: "The UK will be treated to a rare total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon".

At 7.13pm South African time, the moon will start moving into the penumbral (partial) shadow of the earth.

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