Blood Moon dazzles, was longest lunar eclipse of 21st century

Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse

Blood Moon” or longest total lunar eclipse of the century this Friday

People were out on roads or their rooftops and terraces to watch the moon turning red - the longest celestial event of the 21st century that lasted for about two hours.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon.

At this time, "red planet" appeared like an orange-red star. England has been scorched by a ruthless sun for weeks, but in some areas stargazers gathered only to see the moon obscured by a sudden spell of cloudy weather. The sun, Earth and Mars directly align in what scientists call "Mars opposition" beginning Friday, with the red planet being the closest it's been in 15 years on Tuesday.

Dr Emily Brunsden, director of the University of York's Astrocampus, added that this eclipse was a "micro blood moon".

Earth's Umbra (a shadow's dark core) is responsible for a total lunar eclipse.

Skywatchers around much of the world are being treated to a complete lunar eclipse Friday.

How to photograph a blood moon?

Shrikrishna Science Centre in the city hosts shows of such rare astronomical events.

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There are several apps and pieces of equipment to help amateurs and professionals snap the best image. Don't stare at the blood moon while driving.

Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it.

The only light which can be seen is refracted through the Earth's shadow and this light looks red just like with the sunset.

The total lunar eclipse, which turns the moon blood-red, has particularly been a source of dread and panic for people who did not comprehend the circumstances that led to this "strange" phenomenon. "In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive", said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society in London.

What is the blood moon prophecy? Furthermore, the Moon will be at apogee - farthest from the Earth in its orbit, on July 27 and will be moving at a slower speed in its orbit.

The moon is steeped in mythology and legend, with zodiac influences and the Blood Moon is no different.

Thousands of people will be able to see the total eclipse when the full moon slips into the Earth's shadow.

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