World gazes at total lunar eclipse, longest of this century

World gazes at total lunar eclipse, longest of this century

A lunar eclipse will be visible over much of the Earth on July 27, 2018.

Due to this reddish colour, a totally eclipsed Moon is sometimes called a blood moon.

The eclipse lasted an hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

Our constant companion will also be at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark.

"I have been excited since last week to see the celestial event".

The best views - weather permitting - could be across Eastern Europe, Central and East Africa and South East Asia, from where the entire eclipse will be visible.

Kenyans witnessed the rare occurrence by simply looking in the sky, with the only limitation being cloud cover in some parts of the country. "But Christians should nurture that expectation without needing to look to blood moons and the like".

This takes place only at full moon.

Mr Wullschleger said his image of the red moon above Brisbane City was taken about 20 minutes after the total eclipse began.




Eclipses have inspired awe and terror throughout history.

Priyanka Gupta, facilitator from Delhi's Manav Rachna School, showed various lunar eclipse slides and answered the children's queries.

Until science put the record straight, folk tales abounded about such occurrences, with some civilisations attributing them to conflicts between the gods.

"If you want a close-up view of the moon as it turns red, a pair of binoculars is helpful", Royal Astronomical Society said.

He said: "The moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun". It happens when the sun, Earth, and moon are perfectly lined up, which means the Earth's shadow completely covers the moon.

Some of the light from the sun still reaches the moon after it is bent by the earth's atmosphere, he added.

This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003. The planet, which has been visible with the naked eye for more than a week, won't be as close to Earth for another 17 years. Still, these dramatic celestial events have inspired both awe and alarm throughout the centuries ― including among some fringe segments of American Christianity that take the appearance of blood moons to be a sign that the apocalypse is drawing nearer.

Total lunar eclipses are a rare occurrence.

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