Longest lunar eclipse of the century arrives this Friday evening

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The shadow of the Earth's atmosphere filtered through sunlight appears red when it hits the surface of the Moon, giving the eerie-looking blood moon. The total duration of the three stages of the eclipse will be longest in Santa Maria di Leuca, in the province of Lecce, Puglia (where it will last 5 hours 32 minutes and 32 seconds) and shortest in Courmayeur, Valle d'Aosta (4 hours 28 minutes and 50 seconds).

Lunar eclipses occur from two to four times a year, but not all of them are visible.

The total eclipse would be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America on Friday and Saturday.

Mars will next be this close to earth in 2035. Steel says that's rare - some places on Earth can go a thousand years without seeing a total solar eclipse. Once in a while, Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon. The effect of the atmosphere is to bend the light from each celestial object by about half a degree, which also happens to be their apparent diameters in the sky.

Earth's permanent natural satellite - the Moon during a Lunar eclipse - umbra.

Ale said that not all full moon has eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun, pointing out that when the planes coincide and the Earth passes in between the Moon and the Sun, it cut off the sun rays from reaching the moon directly and thereby causing an eclipse. You can view the "blood red" Moon from 1:15am to 2:43am.

During Friday's eclipse, the moon will gradually take on a reddish hue as it advances into the Earth's shadow and the colour will look "a little like when the sun sets on the horizon", according to a spokesman for the French Association of Astronomy Clément Plantureux.

Prof O'Brien explained that people in the United Kingdom would "need to have a clear south-eastern horizon as the Moon comes up" in order to see it.

The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019.

Sometimes they are penumbral eclipses, where the moon passes through Earth's fainter outer shadow, which isn't quite visible to the human eye. When Earth completely blocks the sunlight, the moon looks red or orange. A lunar eclipse can last for a few hours.

An eclipse is what happens when one celestial body obscures the light from another.

One can watch a lunar eclipse with naked eye.

If you don't want to tune in for the whole show, I suggest watching just before 3:30.

In India, there are several myths associated with the eclipse.

One of the common myths related to food is that one should avoid during a lunar eclipse.

Although it won't look almost as large as the blood moon, Mars will be its largest if you're looking through a telescope and close to its maximum brightness in our sky.

Skygazers should watch out for the astronomical event because, scientists highlight that the next opposition of Mars and Sun will occur on 6 October 2020, but then the Red Planet will be farther away than it is now. On the night of the 27th, it will be joined by the full moon.

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