Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Century's longest 'Blood Moon' eclipse to start shortly

A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon before a lunar eclipse in Cape Sounion near Athens Greece A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon before a lunar eclipse in Cape Sounion near Athens Greece
Frank Williams | 29 July, 2018, 09:31

- AFP A "blood moon" eclipse is pictured with a sculpture by the American artist Jonathan Borofsky "Woman walking to the sky" in Strasbourg, eastern France.

He said when he arrived at Kings Park he could "barely see the Moon". Anyone in Ethiopia will have the best view of the eclipse though, according to NASA.

A "blood moon" is seen during a full lunar eclipse in the southern Bavarian village of Raisting, near Munich, Germany, July 27, 2018.

As the moon lined up with the Earth and the Sun, the moon darkened in colour switching from its silvery glow to a rustic, dark red colour creating a rare blood moon.

The moon was also at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark.

The lunar eclipse can be seen from anywhere on the night side of Earth. In metro cities, space enthusiasts may miss out on watching the moon being eclipsed due to pollution. In Johannesburg, residents took advantage of the clear winter night and watched the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface. It's the longest full lunar eclipse of the century, so you can be sure that there will be plenty of people with lenses pointed skyward.

This marks the second total lunar eclipse this year visible from Australia, with the next one predicted for 2021.

While this picture shows the blood moon next to Polant's statue of Nike, the goddess of victory.

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A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind Earth, so that the Earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon.

Luckily, people spotted the blood-red moon in Mysuru. The next lunar eclipse will take place in January of next year and will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.

People in the Europe, the Middle East and the rest of Africa witnessed the celestial phenomenon between sunset and midnight, while those in Australia and eastern Asia saw the eclipse between midnight and dawn.

Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century.

The celestial event comes as a result of the alignment between the moon, Earth and the sun, and will be visible across the United Kingdom and parts of the Eastern hemisphere. The red hue is caused by rays of sunlight refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

Mars instead appeared as a very bright star.

"The earth's atmosphere then turns the light red in the same way that the sun appears when it is going down", Prof Fabian said.

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