Skywatchers looking forward to complete lunar eclipse

Century’s longest lunar eclipse tonight All you need to know

Hazarry said the moon will be completely red for one hour 43 minutes during total phase from 3.30am, making the phenomenon the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

What a lunar eclipse can look like. The moon, closest to the centre of the shadow, will showcase the maximum eclipse at 1:51 am.

As the total lunar eclipse occurred at midnight in Dubai, residents stepped outside to witness the celestial event in all its glory.

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

While Mars is visible in the night sky nearly all year round, it can get extremely bright every few years.

The Moon will begin a long journey through Earth's shadow on Friday afternoon, with the complete trip taking just over 6 hours. First, there will be a total lunar eclipse and although uncommon, this one is special because it's going to last a lot longer than usual - in fact the longest this century. It will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 35.9 million miles from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.




"If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red".

Blood moon is a name given to the moon during a lunar eclipse. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images A full moon rises behind the ancient temple of Poseidon in cape Sounio, about 65 kilometers south of Athens, Friday, July 27, 2018. Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky.

It is to note that the eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts.

That colour is due to sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the Moon. The earth comes in between the sun and moon, while the crossing shadows when falls on the moon, creates this celestial happening. In 2003, Mars came closest to our planet in nearly 60,000 years. Those in the rest of Africa, Europe, other parts of Asia, Australia and the eastern tip of South America were still able to see something of the moment, while only North America and Greenland missed out entirely.

This combo picture shows the transitions of full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse as seen from Jakarta on July 27, 2018.

Unlike a solar eclipse, people can look at a lunar eclipse directly with their own eyes. "Jupiter can also be seen on the south-west side also appearing as a bright white object, and with the use of telescopes four of its moons, its Great Red Spot, and its Equatorial Belts can be seen".

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