Egypt Among Best Places to See Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

02 August, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Lunar eclipse phases

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

Sky-watchers will also be able to see Mars burning brightly in the sky, looking like an orange-red star. In eastern Asia, Australia, and parts of the western Pacific, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on July 28, as the moon sets.

The American space agency NASA says the moon will move into the Earth's shadow on Friday night.

'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'. The final stages of the eclipse after sunset were be visible in parts of South America.

The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna Rossa, is possible because, while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

The Earth's shadow passing over the moon.

The total lunar eclipse will be the longest one so far this century, with the next eclipse of a similar length only due in 2123.

The "totality" period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes. For those unaware, the eclipse will begin at 11:30pm IST on July 27 2018.

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"Mars will look like this attractive bright red star just below the Moon", said Prof O'Brien.

This brings the Moon completely in the shadow of the Earth making it darker.

Unlike a solar eclipse, people are safe to view this spectacle with a naked eye - however binoculars are recommended to get a closer view.

However, not all lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show.

Where skies are clear of cloud, the spectacle will be visible nearly everywhere around the world, with the exception of North America. However, there still is a way using which it is possible to view the "blood moon" - live stream on YouTube. During the course of the eclipse, Mars will sit at one of its closest points to Earth in its orbit.

People waiting to watch the eclipse on the sand dunes in north New Brighton, Christchurch.

PA has revealed the most commonly googled questions that people have been searching for with regards to the upcoming eclipse. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar scientist Noah Petro, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.


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