Century's longest total lunar eclipse to grace night sky on July 27

Watch the “blood moon” total lunar eclipse this Friday

Noah Petro, a scientist from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center said, Image source " The eclipse won't be visible from North America. This makes the moon appear red to people on Earth.

In fact, such a solar eclipse had last occurred on December 13, 1974, and the next one like it will be seen only in 2080. Stargazers across large swaths of the globe had the chance to witness a rare "super blue blood Moon" on January 31, 2018, when Earth's shadow bathed our satellite in a coppery hue.

Scientists say the reason this lunar eclipse is especially long is that the moon is passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow.

Although the moon is in Earth's shadow, some sunlight still reaches the moon.

NASA said the total lunar eclipse will last almost two hours Friday night, turning the moon a reddish orange color.

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According to a release by ASSA, "The moon will start changing shape as it enters the shadow of the Earth at 20h24". So, start clearing your schedule for Friday because this total lunar eclipse is happening with or without you. The penumbral eclipse will begin at 11:44 pm IST followed by a partial eclipse at 11:54 pm. Mars will be close to the earth and look brighter. We have planned to organise unique astronomical phenomenon either in Chinar Park or in Ekant Park.

Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years.

Although the longest eclipse, Dr Sarun said the red moon will be smaller than usual because it will be at the farthest point from the Earth this year - at 406,086 kilometre from the Earth. The moon will go through the center of the Earth's shadow, offering to ascend to what is known as the Deep Red Blood Moon.

Meanwhile, different organisations in Singapore have geared up for the celestial event. Totality - the time during which the sun's light is completely blocked - will last for one hour and 43 minutes. However, since the monsoon season has just begun in India, if the weather remains cloudy, you will need a decent set of telescope in order to watch the Blood Moon with details. Mars is also safe to view with the naked eye. Dr Edward Bloomer, also an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "Although Mars being in opposition is a regular event, the elliptical orbits of the planets mean the distance between them can vary quite a bit".

Fiery Mars will add to the spectacle as it appears directly below the blood moon at close to its maximum brightness.

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