Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week

A view of the total lunar eclipse that was witnessed in Singapore

A view of the total lunar eclipse that was witnessed in Singapore

So where can you see the total lunar eclipse?

On January 31st, the world witnessed its first lunar eclipse of the year, where the moon appeared red in colour and much bigger in size. It will be a super moon as well, which is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the moon's position at it's closest to the Earth. It will take nearly two hours before the moon returns to normal. This is the lunar eclipse, where the last eclipse we had was a solar eclipse.

"The longest possible period for a full moon eclipse is 1 hour 47 minutes", Angkasa deputy director-general Samsuddin Omar told Bernama. 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".

A partial lunar eclipse is seen from in Nice, France, Aug. 7, 2017. The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 11:54 pm (Indian Standard Time) on July 27.

The Virtual Telescope Project will share a live stream of the lunar eclipse and Mars at its brightest just a few degrees apart above the skyline of Rome.

Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore
Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore

The Moon will appear to darken and gradually turn red as it moves into Earth's shadow in the early hours of Saturday.

Instead of going dark, the way the sunlight refracts around the Earth gives the moon a red colour as some of the sunlight entering Earth's atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon behind.

The statement further said that "It is occurring at a time when the moon is at its farthest distance from the earth and so it will be the longest total lunar eclipse in this century". Lunar Eclipse is also tied strongly to Astrology, and since its a complete immersion not seen before this century, astrologers have pointed out that it could have an extreme effect on people with Gemini Zodiac sign. But the night-time transformation of the moon into a bloody-red orb can be seen by anyone on the Earth below while it is night. The time of greatest eclipse will be at 4:21 p.m.

That means that people in Asia and Australia will be able view the eclipse after midnight and before sunrise. The brighter Mars will remain very close to the eclipsed Moon in the sky on July 27-28 and can be spotted very easily with the naked eye.

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