Blood moon dazzles star gazers in longest lunar eclipse of 21st century

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

"This total lunar eclipse will be primarily visible from the world's Eastern Hemisphere, which are Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand".

This eclipse will be the longest in this century and is expected to last for more than 100 minutes.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m.

Australians were treated to a celestial extravaganza this morning, as a historic lunar eclipse dazzled early morning risers across the nation.

"However, we won't see all of this eclipse, as the Moon will already be deep in the shadow as it rises above the horizon from Ireland", said a spokesperson for the Irish Astronomical Association. This is going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

In addition, during Friday's eclipse, the Moon will be at its "apogee" - the point farthest from the Earth.

"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.

"Part of South America will be able to watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27".

Blood moon dazzles star gazers in longest lunar eclipse of 21st century

IF THE sky is clear, people in Brunei will have the chance to witness two very rare astronomical phenomena - a planetary opposition and a moon eclipse - tomorrow night, said General-Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad.

In another rare event, Mars will appear directly below the moon in the skyline tonight at near maximum brightness. When a lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) occurs, the Earth comes between the sun and moon, preventing light from falling on the moon.

Unfortunately, the eclipse will only be considered partial in New Zealand. Some light, though, still reaches it because it is bent by the Earth's atmosphere.

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbour, thousands of people turned their eyes to the stars, hoping to see the moon which began to appear orange, brown or crimson as it moved into the earth's shadow. The Penumbral Eclipse begins at 22.44 PM IST on July 27. A sky enthusiast from Chennai, Eashwar Mathur said, "It's going to be fun since it's a blood moon and also the longest eclipse".

This marks the second total lunar eclipse this year visible from Australia, with the next one predicted for 2021.

Apart from being called the red Moon, it is also known as Sturgeon, Hay, or Mead Moon.

In fact, in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 - 13, where verse 12 says: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great natural disaster; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood".

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