Nigeria witnesses longest lunar eclipse of the century

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

During the total eclipse, which began at 7:30am, the Moon would have changed colour to between dark brown and blood red.

The Moon won't even rise in our eastern skies until 9:06 PM, almost 4 hours after completely emerging from Earth's shadow.

The Earth's shadow passing over the moon.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes through Earth's shadow, giving the natural satellite a blood-red hue.

The total eclipse was visible from Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and western North America. It will be an opportunity for all curious people and astronomy enthusiasts to observe the "loodd moon" and admire the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

On the night of the total lunar eclipse, Mars and the moon will be roughly six degrees apart in the night sky.

According to, the partial eclipse will begin at 2.24 a.m. on July 28 Taipei time, with the total eclipse beginning at 3.30 a.m.

The next lengthy lunar eclipse is scheduled for 2123. It's one in the lifetime event when the Moon will turn blood red at nearly an hour past midnight on July 27 or early morning July 28.

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

The 2018 lunar eclipse will last 20 minutes longer than the last lunar eclipse, which occurred on January 31st and lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes.

You will find several videos and space channels live streaming the lunar eclipse.

"The second cosmic highlight of the night is a total lunar eclipse, known as the Blood Moon, in the early hours of Saturday".

Those in Australia's west, where alarms were set from 2am, got to see the end of the eclipse's totality, he said.

It's also what's being called a "blood moon".

The eclipse, though, was not visible in America and the Pacific.

Red light had a better chance of doing so for the same reason the sky was blue - shorter wavelengths were scattered more efficiently by the molecules in our atmosphere, he said.

"Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had occurred on July 16, 2000 for a totality duration of one hour 46 minutes and another on June 15, 2011 for a totality duration of one hour 40 minutes".

The Virtual Telescope Project is hosting the alluringly named "Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet" and will have its cameras trained on the moon during the eclipse.

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