See the dark side of the moon

Friday, 27 Jul, 2018

"The next total lunar eclipse that will last that long will not occur until 2123", he noted.

Friday night will see the longest total lunar eclipse so far this century.

According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be is fully visible in Lagos. The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer. But instead of turning dark like it does in a solar eclipse, atmospheric conditions make the moon appear red.

Other incidences of central lunar eclipses will occur in April 2099, June 2094, September 2090, May 2087 and January 2084.

The eclipse will be visible in parts of South America, much of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

"Belfast looks like the best place to see it tonight, but you never know".

Fearing the jaguar would come down to earth to continue its assault, people would throw spears at the moon and create noise to scare it away.

In addition, the Earth is closer to the Sun during the northern hemisphere summer so its shadow is larger than average, he said.

Even though the Earth will be lined up directly between the moon and the sun, the moon will not be blacked out completely.

The Moon will pass right through the centre of the Earth's shadow, at the shadow's widest point.

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It will be visible from the time the moon appears around 9pm in the UK.

"This is actually nearly as long as a lunar eclipse could be", Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester, explained.

What is Total Lunar Eclipse?

On Friday, skywatchers around the world will be rewarded with the longest total lunar eclipse of the century - except those in North America.

The colouration of this so-called "blood moon" - an occurrence shrouded in ancient superstition - was due to some sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the moon.

"The moon will remain in a very faint penumbral shadow for about an hour after that, but this is typically too light a shadow for the naked eye to notice the difference between that and the full moon that follows".

"They will move through reasonably quickly but if that coincides with the peak moment of the eclipse, they could obscure the moon".

"Hence the appellation of "Blood Moon".

Mr Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon.

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown.as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

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