Nigeria witnesses longest lunar eclipse of the century

The Longest Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Is Tonight. How to Watch

How To Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

A total lunar eclipse - the longest of the century - is now starting to become visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere.

The partial eclipse preceding and following means the moon will spend a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes in the earth's umbral shadow, according to Nasa.

The next total lunar eclipse in the United Kingdom will take place on January 19 2019.

The eclipse will be visible in the regions covering Australia, Asia, Russia - except the northern part, Africa, Europe, east of South America and Antarctica. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red. - AFP A man looks through a telescope at a "blood moon" eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya.

"The blood moon is definitely a prophetic sign [of the end times]", one prominent YouTube preacher (whom Live Science prefers not to name) said in a recent video. The next supermoon total lunar eclipse won't be until January 21, 2019, but today's historic eclipse will be "super" in its own right, as it will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the century.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind Earth, so that the Earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. In Somalia, some hurried to mosques for special prayers often observed during lunar eclipses.

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany.

In a rare celestial display, a red moon will rise above the horizon tomorrow, July 27, in the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century.

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When the moon moved into the conical shadow of the earth, it went from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.

Although sunlight is blocked out, some is refracted around the Earth and falls onto the moon's surface.

One reason why this eclipse is lasted so long is because it occurred when the moon is near apogee, or the point in its orbit when it is farthest away from the Earth, making it appear smaller than normal. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.

By 5.30am, the moon was totally eclipsed.

Across the rest of the United Kingdom views of the moon are not expected to be much better.

While Mars will be overhead for people in central Chile, South African and Australia, it will be low in the southern sky for those watching in the USA and Europe.

During a regular supermoon, the full moon appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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