Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

How To Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

How To Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

The moon slowly moved out of the earth's shadow at about 10.15pm and returned to its normal colour.

Adelaide and Darwin emerged as the winners of the "blood moon" spectacle Down Under, with skies remaining clear during the crucial eclipse window.

The Earth's shadow passing over the moon. At that time, this month's full moon - also known as the blood buck moon - will pass through the center of the Earth's shadow.

Unfortunately, if you live in North America, you won't be able to see the lunar eclipse in person.

The best place to see it was in central Scotland and Oxfordshire where the clouds parted allowing people to see the longest lunar eclipse so far this century.

Along with the Blood Moon, Mars will also be seen shining brighter.

According to the National Space Research and Development Agency, the lunar eclipse in Nigeria started around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm.

However, north Americans can witness a similar happening in January next year, though the duration of the lunar eclipse will not be such long.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

"The reason that the moon turns red is because atmospheric scattering causes red light to pass through the atmosphere and the composition of the atmosphere can change if volcanic eruptions or forest fires occur", Tom Kerss, an astronomer with London's Royal Observatory in Greenwich said.

But the good news is we will get a great look at Mars, as the planet will be the closest it's been to Earth since 2003.

And yes, you'll likely hear this eclipse being referred to as the "blood moon".

Photographer James Morgan managed to capture the blood moon perfectly through the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

"Nigeria is set to experience a very spectacular total lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27, weather permitting". The Moon will turn red only at the highest point of the total lunar eclipse, which starts around 1 AM on the night of July 28. This will make the Red Planet appear slightly larger, but most notably brighter in the sky. While they will show the entire eclipse, if you're looking for totality, it occurs from 3:30 p.m. ET to 5:13 p.m. ET.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

What is a lunar eclipse? Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

It will be the longest-lasting eclipse this century.

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