Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

How 'eclipse chasers' are celebrating the blood moon tonight

How 'eclipse chasers' are celebrating the blood moon tonight

During the eclipse, the moon will hang low in the night sky so amateur astronomers stand a good chance of following the extraordinary event.

Moonrise in the United Kingdom will be at around 8.50pm.

"Nigeria is set to experience a very spectacular total lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27, weather permitting. However, the layperson who might expect to see dramatic details of the surface of Mars would probably be disappointed", the statement said. That means it will be shining bright, with the best visibility around midnight.

However, this will not be eclipsed for as long, lasting one hour and two minutes. While they will show the entire eclipse, if you're looking for totality, it occurs from 3:30 p.m. ET to 5:13 p.m. ET.

Unfortunately, the live stream is the only way those of us in North America will get to witness the blood red moon.

A partial eclipse was also observed in some areas when the moon entered and left the earth's atmosphere, referred in astronomical terms as the earth's umbral shadow.

Picture: AAPThe blood moon peaks behind the Colosseum in Rome.

For about half the world, the "blood moon" will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1:14 7:28 p.m. ET.

Unlike a solar eclipse, it's completely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye.

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The fullest eclipse, at 2022 GMT (01:52 IST), will be visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, much of Asia and Australia though clouds could block out the moon.

On the same night and over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear.

The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 1930 to 2113 GMT.

It will reach peak eclipse at 9:22 (BST), however, the total eclipse will last for a total of 1 hour 43 minutes.

Almost 2,000 curious skygazers converged at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium to witness the century's longest lunar eclipse, but had to return disappointed as clouds completely surrounded the moon as if to hide it.

The Blood Moon captivated the world tonight but sky gazers in the United Kingdom were left disappointed as cloudy skies obscured the spectacle.

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123. So it is not just the red moon but the red planet also making its presence felt in the night sky tomorrow. During the eclipse, the Earth will be moving directly between the Sun and the Moon.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones. Blue light is scattered, leaving only red. This light appears reddish.

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