21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday: Bengaluru gears up

Portugal set for total eclipse of the moon

The most dramatic part of the total blackout of the moon is expected to last almost two hours, at one hour 43 minutes as the orb passes very close to the centre of the Earth's shadow.

The space agency said Nigeria, like most of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region would witness a total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th of July 2018.

Explaining about the phenomenon, he said, "Throughout the eclipse, the moon will look a bit reddish". The total eclipse will last 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

#08:20 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings in India, how to watch: The total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" in India will start at around 10:44 pm in the night of July 27.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is now predicting patchy cloud but due to the length of this eclipse most people should be able to catch a glimpse at the very least. This will make the moon appear smaller than regular, and much smaller than it looks during the Super Moon (when the moon is at the closest point in its orbit from the Earth).

The longest lunar eclipse of the century will happen late Friday or early Saturday, depending on where you live.

Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

On Friday night, South Africans will be able to see a total lunar eclipse of the moon.

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date, Time in India, significance
The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer. Astronomers often talk about these events, characterized by two celestial bodies appearing very close together in the sky.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through the umbra - the darkest part of the Earth's shadow - and take on a red glow. During this period, the total lunar eclipse will commence at 9:30PM and end at 11:3PM.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.

Partial eclipse, where the moon will be partly covered, will last for 3 hours and 54 minutes.

People in many countries have been catching a glimpse of a "blood moon" for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

The next total lunar eclipse will take place on 19 January, 2019. The moon passed in front of the sun, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow. The planetarium has organised a "Moon Carnival" for people in the national capital to watch the eclipse, PTI reported.

Stardome Observatory astronomy educator Josh Kirkley said New Zealanders wanting to see the blood moon should get a clear view of the western horizon and keep their eyes peeled from 6.25am until the moon sets at 7.20am.

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