Our Favourite Photos of the 'Blood Moon' Eclipse

Posted July 31, 2018

Skygazers will be treated with the longest total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" of the 21st century that will take place on Friday, July 27 till wee hours of July 28.

NASA said the reason the eclipse lasted more than one hour and 40 minutes was because the moon went "directly through the center of the Earth's shadow". In fact, you will not be able to see it in North America at all unless you are in a specific part of Newfoundland, Canada, according to Vox.

Check this page closer to 3 p.m. Friday for a look at how the world is viewing the lunar eclipse. The website 'Time And Date, ' which keeps track of all the major and minor celestial events observable from here on Earth, will be hosting a live stream so that amateur skywatchers from all over the world can enjoy the eclipse in real time.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact locations, and TimeandDate.com has timings based on your location.

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Usually, lunar eclipses only last around one hour.

The first part of lunar eclipse is expected to start at around 11:44 PM IST on July 27.

The eclipse will not be visible to residents of the U.S. as by the time the moon rises at night in the United States, it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra.

In Britain, for example, the lunar eclipse lasted throughout the evening, beginning when the moon rose at 8:50 p.m.

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During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.

The scientist said during a total lunar eclipse, the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon, while the only light reflected from the lunar surface would be refracted by earth's atmosphere.

North America missed out on Friday's lunar eclipse but can look forward to the next one on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipse visible from the USA since 1979 last August. Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter. This phenomenon also causes what's commonly called a "blood moon" because of the reddish glow the moon appears to emit during sunset and sunrise.

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