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Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday - Scientist

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton Image Where will the eclipse be visible? Pic Piruliton
Frank Williams | 27 July, 2018, 02:13

Tomorrow, Friday July 27, 2018, is a going to be a great day.

Mums and dads, total lunar eclipses are spectacular events and are easy to see with the naked eye. A "Blood Moon" occurs when the moon lines up with the Earth and sun, with the Earth's atmosphere refracting the light onto the moon causing it to turn red.

The celestial effects of the total lunar eclipse will be visible in all Indian cities including Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, and Mumbai among other cities.

The first lunar eclipse of the year arrived in January, presenting a large and bright red moon, but only to spectators in a handful of countries.

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

Friday's lunar eclipse will be particularly special as it is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

"On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime".

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

Lunar eclipse occurs because the moon is cast in earth's shadow.

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

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).

"New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise on July 28".

On July 27, the world will witness the lunar event of the century as the sun, moon and earth prepare to align in a flawless line for an hour and 43 minutes.

NASA has given all the details of past and the future lunar eclipses with eclipse diagrams and visibility maps. Scientists call this kind of moon a "blood moon".

How is a Blood Moon created? According to him, the moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun. The distance between the moon and the Earth will be around 4,06,223km that night.

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.

And finally - the Moon is near apogee (the most distant point in its orbit) around the July full moon, Edberg said.

Then there are partial eclipses, where just part of the moon passes through the dark umbra, or shadow. That way you can see the moon move full into the Earth's shadow.

Dr Gregory Brown, of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "We miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts".

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