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'Blood moon' to dazzle sky gazers for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

29 July 2018, 09:32 | Justin Tyler

'Blood moon' to dazzle sky gazers for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

'Blood moon' to dazzle sky gazers for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

And, of course, there are areas across the world where the eclipse will not be visible at all, such as North America. Enthusiasts watched through telescopes at the Marina South Pier in Singapore and at the Al Sadeem Observatory in Al Wathba near Abu Dhabi.

The ancient Inca were said to have believed a red moon meant it had been mauled by a jaguar, and the Mesopotamians thought it was a warning their king would be attacked.

In a special treat, Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter.

In Sydney, crowds gathered to watch the Moon turn red above the city's distinctive skyline.

When the moon moved into the conical shadow of the earth, it went from being illuminated by the sun to being dark. "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". Curious onlookers struggled to get the best shot of the lunar eclipse on their mobile phones. For four hours, it will be partly in the Earth's shadow.

There will also be a partial lunar eclipse on July 16, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the mission that sent the first humans to the moon.

Unlike like a solar eclipse, it is entirely safe to look directly at a lunar eclipse, and Friday's eclipse offered sky-watchers more time than usual to look.

Skywatchers in Sydney, Australia, were treated to a dazzling blood moon above the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a picture-perfect shot.

Only those in the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the upcoming event, with people in Europe, Africa and Asia getting the best seats for the lunar show.

However, the bending - or refraction - of the rays of light caused by our atmosphere by about half a degree makes it possible to see both.

"I thought it was very pretty and I liked the planet Mars even more, which you could see right next to the moon", said Talita Oliveira, 34. The phenomenon should last till 2:43 AM IST on July 28.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly.

From Russia to Sydney, Germany to Abu Dhabi, thousands of people witnessed a handsome crimson globe as the full moon crossed the centre of the Earth's shadow.

Astronomers and stargazers across the world were mesmerised by the longest blood moon eclipse on Friday night.

During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.

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