How To Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

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A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a line, casting the reddish-orange shadow of our planet onto the surface of the moon.

The lunar eclipse 2018 will happen tonight, marking the longest total such eclipse till 2123, i.e. for over 100 years.

On the same day as the eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to Earth.

The total eclipse will last one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, with a partial eclipse before and after.

It wasn't visible in the US, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. We only see the part where light falls and thus as the earth and moon move through their orbits and different amounts of light falls on the moon, we see different phases of the moon.

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

At that point, it would enter the part of shadow known as the umbra (darkest part of the shadow) and start to turn red. The moon gives off no light and is only visible because it reflects the light of the sun.

Stargazers in Northern Ireland could miss out on a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse when it appears on Friday.

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Beside Lake Magadi, 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, young members of the Maasai community watched the eclipse through a high-powered telescope provided by a local couple. Amateur astronomers will guide people about the eclipse.

The copper-red eclipsed moon will pair up with the Red Planet in its "opposition", in which the Sun and Mars will lie opposite each other, with Earth standing in between.

Some Britons had better luck however, with the Grenadier Guards stationed in Iraq posting images showing troops gazing at a red-sheened moon hanging in a clear sky. - AFP This combination of 14 pictures put together in photoshop and taken on July 27, 2018 shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse near to La Puente town, canary Spanish island of Tenerife.

"The Earth doesn't rotate far enough this time around for anyone in North America - the United States and Alaska - to see the eclipse but there are other eclipses that we don't see, there's always a little bit of the Earth that misses out".

From 9.30pm to 11.13pm, the moon will be totally eclipsed.

While hoaxers have claimed that Mars will appear as the same size of the moon during the eclipse, the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) dispelled the rumors.

"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 handsome and I'll certainly be looking out for it!"

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