Rare Celestial treat: Longest total Lunar Eclipse of century falls tomorrow

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

Image Where will the eclipse be visible? Pic Piruliton

The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

"However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour, hence this event's somewhat ominous moniker".

According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be is fully visible in Lagos. This is why total lunar eclipses are also known as Blood Moons.

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

In a rare celestial display, a red moon will rise above the horizon tomorrow, July 27, in the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century.

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

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

During the Mars opposition, Mars will be about five times brighter than usual!

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.

Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar event can be viewed without wearing protective eye gear.

It's going to be a rare celestial event.

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This second total lunar eclipse, on July 2018, will be visible in large parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: "The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm".

The longest lunar eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Friday.

Why does the moon turn red in a Blood Moon eclipse?

How is a Blood Moon created? This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle. The distance between the moon and the Earth will be around 4,06,223km that night. But a total eclipse occurs only when the Umbra completely covers the moon's surface. But on Friday, the moon reaches its apogee, or the farthest point from Earth in its orbit.

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As the moon continues on its orbit, the second phase will involve another partial lunar eclipse, which should be visible from around 2:43 am IST.

Not all of Australia will be able to see it however, as those over on the east coast will not see the Moon progress out of its 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.

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