Longest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on July 27

Planetarium to make arrangements for viewing Blood Moon

Planetarium to make arrangements for viewing Blood Moon

NASA says that a lunar eclipse over 100 minutes will occur on Friday, making it the longest lunar eclipse of the century. "The totality itself will last for an hour and 43 minutes". Those of you in the United Kingdom should look for this eclipse starting in at around 11PM (that's 23:00 hours) local time.

In addition, a full moon during an Eclipse repainted in a dramatic color.

At 4:58 am, the penumbral eclipse will end.

It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse without any protective eyewear.

The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon. It is the result of the sun's rays bending around the edge of our planet and landing onto the moon's surface.

The moon also moves slower when it is farthest from Earth. By 10:15pm, it will be leaving Earth's shadow.

There is a belief that the eclipse can effect pregnant women, and its better if they don't outside their houses. That color is where the term "blood moon" comes from.

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A lunar eclipse can be seen from Earth at night.

Western Australia will be the only state in Australia to catch the entire eclipse, with first glimpse expected around 3.14am (AEST) as it begins.

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

However, the red planet will reach closest to the Earth on July 31.

The moon will be transformed into a reddish orange colour. From then until around half 12 there will be a partial eclipse. This phenomenon is also known as " Red Moon " or "Blood Moon". At that point gradually the obscuration will begin diminishing lastly at about3.58am on July 28, the shroud would be in the fractional stage for one hour and nine minutes, said BM Birla Science Center. South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones.

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However, Indians might not be lucky because of the ongoing monsoon season in the country which might cause the moon to be blocked from view.

The live stream, which you can find here, will kick off on the night of the eclipse at 7.30pm BST (6.30pm UTC). Home blessings also can be done during an eclipse with cleansing during the Eclipse time, followed by protection and energizing at the culmination of the Eclipse. Scientists use solar eclipses as an opportunity to study the sun's corona.

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