Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

GET READY: Dundee to experience longest lunar eclipse of the century

GET READY: Dundee to experience longest lunar eclipse of the century

The total lunar eclipse will last one hour and 43 minutes and can be viewed from 3.30am to 5.13am.

The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

As this happens, some part of the Moon will not be visible to stargazers, resulting in a partial lunar eclipse.

"This smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that is closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit".

The eclipse won't be visible from North America, Noah Petro, a scientist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, told ABC News. The partial eclipse of the moon will begin around 11.54pm, while the total eclipse will start around 1am on July 28. The moon loses the brightness normally caused by the reflection of the sun's light and takes on an eerie, reddish glow, giving the lunar eclipse moon the nickname of blood moon. The moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

At the same time, Mars will hang just below the moon and shine brighter than it ever has in 15 years.

Friday will bring the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. This eclipse will also be the longest eclipse we have had this century!

In France, the observers of the sky will be able to contemplate the second part of this eclipse. "The eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises above the south eastern horizon at about 8.50pm and the total eclipse will end by about 10.15pm". There are three types, total, partial and penumbral, with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon.

South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones.

In addition, a full moon during an Eclipse repainted in a dramatic color.

While the planet Mars will find itself directly opposite the sun on the celestial sphere with the Earth right in the middle of the action. The full eclipse will then end at 00.28am on Saturday. In one of the sky's wonderful coincidences, the Mars opposition happens on July 27 too.

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