See Pics: Blood moon dazzles skygazers in 21st centurys longest eclipse

28 July, 2018, 11:14 | Author: Emilio Conner
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Here are some of the most googled questions about the lunar eclipse answered.

By 5.30am, the moon was totally eclipsed.

In East African, we will experience total phase of the "blood moon" eclipse from 8:14pm and it will last for 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century takes place this Friday, July 27.

Thousands of Australians armed with telescopes, binoculars and cameras watched the glowing red moon and a shimmering Mars.

Unlike with solar eclipses, no special equipment is needed to observe lunar eclipses.

In a statement by the agency's head of media and corporate communications, Dr. Felix Ale, the eclipse was expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until it ended around 12:30am of Saturday (today).

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

"It's called a blood moon because the light from the sun goes through the earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon and the earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down it goes red", said Andrew Fabian, professor of astronomy at the University of Cambridge.

After that, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion at 11.19pm.

"The moon is not always in ideal alignment with the sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle", Brad Tucker, an astronomer with the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a statement.

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 1930 to 2113 GMT.

NASA This illustration from NASA shows where in the world the July 27, 2018, eclipse will be visible. During this time, the shadow of the earth will be between the moon and the sun. At that time they were 34.6 million miles apart, which was the closest distance between the planets in about 60,000 years. The planet, which has been visible with the naked eye for more than a week, won't be as close to Earth for another 17 years.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star. "At most perihelic oppositions, including this one, the planet retreats to the belly of the ecliptic low in the southern sky".

Mars was also at its closest point to Earth since 2003 last night and will be over the next few days. Experts estimate that Mars' brightness will persist for several weeks.

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