Skywatchers Looking Forward To Complete Lunar Eclipse

Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

Friday will be a day to remember as the world is set to witness the rare celestial treat of the longest lunar eclipse to date. The next lunar eclipse will take place in January of next year and will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.

However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021.

At the same time, Mars is traveling closer to Earth than it has done since 2003, so some observers may see what looks like an orange-red star - and is in fact the red planet. Spanning for 1 hour 43 minutes, the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will see the moon turning to a shade of red.

"It is a very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night", said Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, who watched the eclipse from the Mediterranean Sea.

For lunar eclipses, there are two sub-categories: total and partial.

The full moon will begin to darken as it enters the Earth's shadow at 7.15pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 9.30pm. And of course, even those not in the path of the lunar eclipse can enjoy the full moon. The next one comes in January and will be visible from Europe and the Americas. It will also be seen perfectly in Africa and in Asia, and partly in Australia and in South America.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!"

Aside political events, changes in weather patterns including events in the atmosphere like eclipses have also been seen as signs of the end times.

Before and after this total eclipse phase, the Moon passes into a transitional phase called penumbra: the total duration of these three phases (penumbra, total, penumbra) varies from place to place. During the eclipse, the moon will be at its most distant point from Earth in its month-long orbit-known as "apogee". It will also have astronomers on hand to offer commentary on the history and science of lunar eclipses on Facebook Live. On average, the totality lasts approximately one hour to one hour and 30 minutes during moon eclipse.

Mesopotamians regarded the blood moon as an omen that the king would be attacked. Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3.49 am, the statement said.

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

The moon is expected to turn reddish as against the familiar whitish appearance in the period of totality. The light of all the sunsets and sunrises occurring simultaneously is reflected off the moon, making it seem red.

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