Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Blood Moon Pictures: The Best Images Of The Summer Spectacle

Blood Moon Pictures: The Best Images Of The Summer Spectacle

A total lunar eclipse - the longest of the century - is now starting to become visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere. The occurrence is sometimes called a "blood moon" because - according to a NASA blog - "the light passing through the Earth's atmosphere and falling on the Moon can give it a reddish hue".

The total eclipse lasted one hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours.

The best views are reserved for people in east Africa.

The view of the eclipsed moon and the sun is possible, weather allowing, because the rays of light from the sun and moon refract, or bend, around the earth's atmosphere.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

Dr Jacob said: "Anyone on that night-side of the Earth would be able to see the moon go into the eclipse".

The Earth's shadow passing over the moon. - AFP A fishermen boat crosses the reflection of the moonlight during the moon eclipse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fearing the jaguar would come down to earth to continue its assault, people would throw spears at the moon and create noise to scare it away.

Skywatchers in Sydney, Australia, were treated to a dazzling blood moon above the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a picture-perfect shot.

The moon is seen turning red over the Sydney skyline during a total lunar eclipse on July 28, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

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

Here are some of the most googled questions about the lunar eclipse answered. Ursa said that it is perfectly safe to look at the moon with the naked eye, or with binoculars or telescopes.

Astronomers and stargazers across the world were mesmerised by the longest blood moon eclipse on Friday night, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle.

The eclipse is also known as the blood or red moon because when eclipsed, the moon looks red.

A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth takes position in a straight line between the moon and sun, blotting out the direct sunlight that normally makes our satellite glow whitish-yellow.

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