Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

NASA has given all the details of past and the future lunar eclipses with eclipse diagrams and visibility maps.

Samsuddin said the total eclipse phase will last for 1 hour 42 minutes 57 seconds, which makes it the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100).

"The best viewing is with binoculars". However, for the people of North America, the Moon would be below the horizon due to which, they would have to miss this chance. Unfortunately the event will be occurring during our daytime.

You can watch it online with The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh. This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle.

The rising full moon will also change from shining silver to deep blood-red during the eclipse.

'The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere'.

For those living in thunderstorms warning areas hoping to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, Mr Madge says having a clear night sky could be down to luck.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". Sometimes the moon passes through the top of the disk, or toward the bottom.

One might think this to be impossible - because an eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in a straight line, and so if the Moon is above the horizon then the Sun must surely be below it.

Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

Dr Brown said: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun". So it is moving slower in its orbit and taking more time in the shadow.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will take place for roughly four hours tomorrow, July 27, but not everyone will be able to see the spectacular view.

The next one, which is coming up on January 21, 2019, will be 1 hour and 2 minutes. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m.

The interesting fact is that in India, the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be visible in nearly all the parts of the country.

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

Not all of Australia will be able to see it however, as those over on the east coast will not see the Moon progress out of its shadow. It will give you a sense of the clockwork of our solar system.

The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth.

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