Cloud could block rare Blood Moon lunar eclipse

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The total eclipse, where the earth will be plunged in total darkness when the earth's shadow completely covers the moon, will last for about one hour and 43 minutes.

"This time, residents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and parts of South America will be so lucky".

The next total lunar eclipse visible from start to finish from anywhere in Africa will be in 2025.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m. The full moon in communal, idealistic Aquarius arrives with extra potency as a total blood moon lunar eclipse, the second in a trio of galvanizing eclipses happening between July 12 and August 11 of this year.

What a lunar eclipse can look like.

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Not only will you be able to see the blood moon tonight, you may also get a glimpse of the planet Mars, which is at its closest to Earth in 15 years.

The last lunar eclipse visible from North America occurred in late January of 2018. As a result of this, the moon's colour as seen from the Earth turns dark (or blood) red, hence why it is often referred to as a "blood moon eclipse".

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon".

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.

To figure out exactly when to watch for the total lunar eclipse where you are, you can plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer for all the details.

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As of now, the lunar eclipse can be seen only on timeanddate.com/live/.

"There is no reason to believe that "blood moons" foretell doom", said Massey.

BSS will host a seminar on lunar eclipse addressed by senior scientist Jayant Murthy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, to dismiss myths and superstitions.

In the Book of Joel, it is written that "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord comes". "As a group, it will give us the chance to educate the people on how celestial events happen and hopefully it will encourage people to study and see how astronomy works".

He said the moon would begin to enter earth's shadow (known as the penumbra) around 5.15am and would gradually dim until about 6.25am.

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

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