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

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Here

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century Here

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany, Friday, July 27, 2018.

Friday's total lunar eclipse will be visible across large parts across Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Meanwhile, the total lunar eclipse lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse preceded and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of almost 4 hours in the Earth's umbral shadow, according to NASA. Friday, July 27, will be a date to remember, as the total lunar eclipse will be visible to the naked eye throughout Morocco.

"The Earth doesn't rotate far enough this time around for anyone in North America - the U.S. 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". The Sun, the moon and Venus will be the only (natural) objects in the sky brighter than Mars.

The Virtual Telescope Project is hosting the alluringly named "Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet" and will have its cameras trained on the moon during the eclipse.

So it is not just the red moon but the red planet also making its presence felt in the night sky tomorrow. From 1:15am to 2:43am, the moon will be in the middle of the Earth's shadow and will appear reddish in colour.

"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", said Tom Kerss, an astronomer with the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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.

When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.

"Although there is a lunar eclipse visible from New Zealand every couple of years, on average, being located in the right place to see a celestial peculiarity like a selenelion is much less frequent, and very few people have witnessed one".

The red sheen that the moon will take on is entirely dependent on how much dust is in the Earth's atmosphere. Those who live in Asia and Australia will be able to see the eclipse between midnight and sunrise on July 28. There are several channels which are organising live streaming of the lunar eclipse.

So where can you see the total lunar eclipse?

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