Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Here

Pablo Tucker
July 29, 2018

During the eclipse, the moon turned into a deep-copper-toned object, in what is commonly (but not scientifically) known as "blood moon". The phenomenon should last till 2:43 AM IST on July 28.

He said the eclipse went for a "long" 104 minutes mainly because it "went through the centre of the shadow, [meaning] it had a longer path that it had to take to get through the shadow" and the moon is at its furthest point from the Earth.

The eclipse will be visible to people in Europe, Africa and the Middle East on July 27 between sunset and midnight.

"I hope this eclipse will bring us happiness and peace", said Karima, 46, without taking her eyes off the sky.

"We wanted the community to be part of the historic occasion".

"Since the moon is bright anyway, you'll be able to see it regardless of light pollution, but to see the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars nearly in line with the moon, you'll want a nice dark spot where light from the city or streets does not pollute the sky too much", Knowles said.

A full moon during an eclipse rises behind a power line in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To astronomers, this is a thrilling example of a total lunar eclipse - the longest one we'll see for the rest of the century.

Lunar eclipse begins when the Moon begins to pass into Earth's shadow, gradually growing dimmer.

Eclipses have inspired awe and terror throughout history.

An effect created on the slow shutter speed showing the the moon turn red during the lunar eclipse, in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India.

Until science put the record straight, folk tales abounded about such occurrences, with some civilisations attributing them to conflicts between the gods.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres. Observers may be able to catch a glimpse of the red planet, as it will appear like an orange-red star close to the moon.

"Although there is a lunar eclipse visible from New Zealand every couple of years, on average, being located in the right place to see a celestial peculiarity like a selenelion is much less frequent, and very few people have witnessed one".

The lunar eclipse happens during daylight hours for those in the Western Hemisphere, so people in North America will miss it. - AFP View of the "blood moon" during the lunar eclipse in Yozgat, Turkey.

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