'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28

The lunar eclipse happens during daylight hours for those in the Western Hemisphere, so people in North America will miss it.

Here's all you need to know about the chandra grahan. The moon will be in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

"Totality will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century!" the Royal Astronomical Society said.

Today marks what astronomers refer to as the "opposition" of Mars - something that took place around every two years, when Earth lined up directly between Mars and the Sun.

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

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and handsome and I'll certainly be looking out for it!" "These lunar events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, are safe to view directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars".

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he told AFP. Because the Earth passes between the sun and the moon during this cosmic event, the light of the sun has to pass through our planet's atmosphere, casting a shadow on the moon.

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

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

A Super Blue Blood Moon rises behind the Camlica Mosque on January 31, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

While the Moon is in the Earth's shadow, it will take on a reddish tint, known as a "Blood Moon" or Red Moon.

"Hence the appellation of "Blood Moon".

Between 2028 and 2040, there will be three total solar eclipses in NZ. A partial lunar eclipse happens when part of the Moon enters Earth's shadow. When Earth completely blocks the sunlight, the moon looks red or orange.

Where can I watch Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse Online/ Live Stream?

The eclipse will be visible to people in Europe, Africa and the Middle East on July 27 between sunset and midnight.

Avoid eating cooked food - The popular belief is that during the eclipse, the food that you consume would not get digested properly - leaving you feeling bloated and lethargic. The whole event will last just under four hours from beginning to end. Unlike a solar eclipse which is only visible from a particular spot at the right time, a lunar eclipse can be seen from everywhere in Australia and without special instruments - weather permitting.

What are common superstitions around lunar eclipse in India? One should avoid alcohol, non-vegetarian foods, high protein foods etc.

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