Longest eclipse of century to occur

Longest lunar eclipse of century expected to visible in Pakistan

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The "Red" or "Blood" Moon appears because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the Moon's surface.

It is well known that a lunar eclipse occurs only during full moon when the Moon appears fully illuminated from the Earth. Friday's will be long, lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Best Eclipse will be seen in the middle East, in the Eastern part of Africa, India and in the Western part of China. The total duration of the eclipse will be six hours and 14 minutes. When the moon's orbit takes it directly behind the Earth and it enters this shadow completely, we see a total lunar eclipse.

"The lunar eclipse will be visible in every part of the country".

On the night of Friday, July 27, the plane on which the moon orbits around the sun will align with the plane on which the Earth revolves around the sun.

Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more- and appear bigger - as July 31 nears. Before you get all excited about watching the blood moon, read these interesting science facts about lunar eclipse 2018.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

When does the lunar eclipse start?

The second event happened about 3.5 billion years ago, when volcanic activity on the moon reached a peak.

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The eclipse of the moon will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific.

A look at what you need to know about the longest lunar eclipse of the century, the "blood moon" eclipse, and why you may have to travel to see it. Dr Brown added: "As the entire eclipse will occur when the moon is fairly close to the horizon, the main thing to ensure is that you have a clear sightline to the south east. "Try to find an open space or high hilltop clear of trees and tall buildings around you".

But from 10.15pm until 11.20pm, the sun will have descended a bit and the moon will have risen further creating a better image for viewers of the eclipse.

At the same time, Mars will hover near the moon in the night sky, easily visible with the naked eye.

As if that was not enough, sky-watchers should get a glorious view of Jupiter in the south-west and have a chance of catching the International Space Station (ISS) sailing overhead.

You can see it all around the globe, but the best view will be reserved for the Eastern Hemisphere - New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

The super blue blood moon that occurred earlier this year was also a total lunar eclipse, but it coincided with two other events to make a lunar trifecta.

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