Early-risers impressed by 'super long' blood moon eclipse

Path of the Moon into Earth’s Shadows and the times during the Total Lunar Eclipse on July 28 from Brunei Darussalam

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.

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

The Moon gradually returns to its normal color and brightens as it emerges from Earth's shadow.

Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases. Check out the live stream of the blood red moon here! The meteor shower is usually active between July 17 and August 24 and will peak on on the night of August 12 and early morning hours of August 13.

Unfortunately for us here in MI, this eclipse will only be visible in the Southern Hemisphere. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about mediaeval superstitions". Will there be any positive or negative impact of this astronomy incident?

Unlike a solar eclipse, which can be viewed only from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of Earth. There are a lot of myths related to Chandra Grahan in India but if you are a skygazer it doesn't really matter.

This is estimated to be the longest total lunar eclipse for the next century, until June 9, 2123.

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The term "blood moon" may be a rather sinister description for a total eclipse of the moon, but that doesn't take away from the special event which will unfold in the skies on July 27.

The reason we don't get eclipses every month is because the moon orbits Earth on a slightly inclined plane of five degrees.

We may not be able to see this week's total lunar eclipse here in D.C., but you can take in the views from around the world via livestream.

Thousands of people will be able to see the total eclipse when the full moon slips into the Earth's shadow.

Brown said: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".

Those in Australia's west, where alarms were set from 2am, got to see the end of the eclipse's totality, he said. The Earth's shadow appears red because of its atmosphere.

On the same day as the eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to Earth.

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