Australia is getting a Blood Moon this weekend

Pakistan       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Pakistan by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Less than a year after the 2017 solar eclipse created a path of totality across the United States, the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible across much of the world on Friday, July 27.

NASA officials says people in the Middle East, south and eastern Africa, western and southeast Asia and India will have the best views.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth, according to NASA.

The total lunar eclipse is given the "blood" nickname because of the "beautiful" red color caused by the projection of all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets onto its surface, Petro told ABC News earlier this year, before the super blue blood moon event that took place on January 31.

Hagee's predictions gained traction in 2014-15 when each blood moon in a tetrad - a series of four lunar eclipses in two years - all fell on Jewish holidays: on April 15, 2014 (Passover); October 8, 2014 (Sukkot); April 4, 2015 (Passover), and September 28, 2015 (Sukkot).

In Europe and Africa, the phenomenon will take place in the evening hours, sometime between sunset and midnight on July 27. The only light that reflects from the surface is refracted (change of direction) by earth's atmosphere; this light tends to appear reddish, which is why it is known as Blood Moon.

Even if you're in North America, you can still watch the July 27 eclipse online through the Virtual Telescope Project's website, which will start livestreaming the eclipse at 2:30 p.m.

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The "blood moon" will rise in the south-eastern sky already immersed completely in the Earth's shadow.

The outcome is generally that a solar eclipse is only seen by a relative few who fall beneath the moon's masking orb.

"This time, the moon would pass right through the centre of the earth's shadow which makes it the first central lunar eclipse after the one in June 2011", said B G Sidharth, Director of BM Birla Science Centre in Hyderabad, reported news agency PTI. We will not be able to see the eclipse in Jacksonville, or in any of North America.

This will be a historical eclipse as it will last three hours and 55 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of this century.

After this, the moon will get deeper and deeper into the earths shadow. During an orbit, Earth will once in a while line up directly between the sun and the moon, causing Earth's shadow to cover the moon.

A lunar eclipse can last for up to several hours.

In a attractive coincidence, on July 27, Mars will also appear large and bright in the sky as it moves towards its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.

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