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Longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century visible in the Netherlands

Starwatch: red marvel that is a lunar eclipse Australia is getting a Blood Moon this weekend
Frank Williams | 30 July, 2018, 05:13

The world will see the longest lunar eclipse in a century over the night of July 27, and the early hours of July 28.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow.

The next rendezvous between the Sun and the Moon will then take place on January 21, 2019 for a total eclipse that will be visible in North America. However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours. The Moon will be visible in a scarlet red hue for over 1 hour and 43 minutes, which is 40 per cent longer than any other blood moon measured in recent times.

This time around, the eclipse will occur when the moon is furthest from the earth, making it a micro-moon and thus a blood micro moon eclipse.

The best views will be in Africa and Asia, but folks in Europe, South America and Australia will still get partial views.

Why does the moon turn red in a Blood Moon eclipse?

If you were on the moon when the total eclipse occurs, you would see a red ring around the Earth. The moon loses the brightness normally caused by the reflection of the sun's light and takes on an eerie, reddish glow, giving the lunar eclipse moon the nickname of blood moon.

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All of this is easily visible with the naked eye.

Sky Live TV will broadcast the lunar eclipse from Hess, Namibia and has the option for Spanish commentary also. 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". This will coincide with the time of long Eclipse.

As if the eclipse isn't enough to hold our attention, Mars will be its closest and brightest to its neighbours since 2003.

The eclipse will reach maximum totality at 9.21pm and finish at 10.31pm, though the partial eclipse will continue for another two hours after that.

A partial lunar eclipse is essentially when a bit of the moon enters the Earth's umbra (as opposed to the whole of the Earth's umbra).

When will we see the lunar eclipse? . The entire United States won't be able to see a full lunar eclipse again until January.

"You get a true sense of the solar system moving - and that in itself is a really dramatic experience".

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