Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

by Fredrick Graves July 27, 2018, 10:29
Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century tomorrow. The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1h 00m IST on July 28.

In the United Kingdom, the total phase of the eclipse will end at 22.13pm and the eclipse will end completely at 12.30am on Saturday.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon takes on its ghostly red pallor because of the Earth's shadow.

Also, timeanddate.com reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100.

After Friday's climax it will continue to glow for several days through the weekend as partial eclipses continue to colour the moon as it passes partially into the Earth's shadow.

"Since the moon is bright anyway, you'll be able to see it regardless of light pollution, but to see the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars nearly in line with the moon, you'll want a nice dark spot where light from the city or streets does not pollute the sky too much", Knowles said.

The eclipse will turn the light color of the moon to deep red.

What makes the celestial event more special is that it will coincide with the fiery planet, Mars, coming closest to the earth in 15 years, causing it to appear the brightest in the evening sky in its reddish-orange hues. Mars is also safe to view with the naked eye. The whole celestial event is to get over at 3.49 am.

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Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

It will be visible in its entirety from the Indian Ocean region, westernmost China, India, the Middle East, central Asia, Turkey and the eastern half of Africa.

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: "The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm". The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m.

In less than six months, another total lunar eclipse will take place directly over the Western Hemisphere.

Why does the moon turn red in a Blood Moon eclipse? This is why it's called Blood Moon. It's also a "mini-moon" because the moon is the farthest from Earth and appears small.

"This is actually nearly as long as a lunar eclipse could be", Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester, explained.

Part of the Moon's shadow fell near the South Pole, so partial coverage of the Sun was visible in parts of southern Australia.

Prof O'Brien explained that people in the United Kingdom would "need to have a clear south-eastern horizon as the Moon comes up" in order to see it.

The shadow of the Earth's atmosphere filtered through sunlight appears red when it hits the surface of the Moon, giving the eerie-looking blood moon.

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