Blood moon observed with all its glory in Turkey

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century and visible in much of the world.

"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", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

Mars was also at its closest point to Earth since 2003 last night and will be over the next few days.

Total Lunar Eclipse of July 27, 2018.

If that doesn't resolve your FOMO, be patient: North Americans will be able to view a lunar eclipse of their own on January 21, 2019. Totality will continue for 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the Moon taking on a deep red-orange color during that time.

While viewers in New South Wales and Queensland lost sight of the moon towards the end of the eclipse, those in Western Australia saw the whole spectacle, and even watched as the moon emerged from the eclipse.

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also the blood moon.

With no regards for borders, spectators gazed at the same moon in Gaza, Israel and Egypt. Folks peered through telescopes in Johannesburg, and saw a brilliant show in the sky over Jakarta.

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In Britain, for example, the lunar eclipse will last throughout the evening, beginning when the moon rises at 8:50 p.m. local time.

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

The further away the moon is, the longer it will spend in the shadow - known as the Umbra - of Earth. "The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere".

During the alignment, sunlight hits the earth's atmosphere which has a strong blue haze due to its oceans.

Unfortunately for us here in MI, this eclipse will only be visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

"It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11:22 p.m".

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes directly between the sun and moon, making the moon fall into shadow. At that time, it came within 34.6 million miles of earth, marking its closest approach in 60,000 years.

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