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Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

The eclipse will have been visible from Southern Africa to the Middle East, Russia, India, and Australia.

The lunar eclipse 2018 will happen tonight, marking the longest total such eclipse till 2123, i.e. for over 100 years.

The astronomers and sky gazers in the GCC and across the globe watched the celestial spectacle, where the moon gots eclipsed by the earth's shadow.

The blood moon seen from the Heroes Monument in Central Jakarta.

The eclipse, however, will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific.

Blood Moon Live video below – streaming from cameras around the Earth
Blood Moon Live video below – streaming from cameras around the Earth

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). Mars will be nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003, making it look very bright in the sky. That's nearly as long as the longest lunar eclipse ever, which came in at an hour and 47 minutes. The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1h 00m IST on July 28. The total eclipse will last nearly one hour and 43 minutes. It will also be seen perfectly in Africa and in Asia, and partly in Australia and in South America. During this rare phenomena, the Moon will turn bright red and it will be visible in India as well.

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

In Britain, for example, the lunar eclipse lasted throughout the evening, beginning when the moon rose at 8:50 p.m.

In the United Kingdom, where the weather allowed, the Moon could be seen to turn red - fully eclipsed by Earth - from when it rose at 21:00 until 22:15 BST. During the course of the eclipse, Mars will sit at one of its closest points to Earth in its orbit.

What time does Friday's lunar eclipse start? At what time of day the lunar eclipse appeared depended on where you live.

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