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The lunar eclipse we might not see

29 July 2018

The shining bright white hue of the moon will be transformed into a bewitching deep blood red for United Kingdom observers tomorrow, July 27, during the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century. Best of all, it will be observed in the Eastern part of Africa, the middle East and Central Asia.

One of the folklore states that women should avoid staring at the eclipsed moon for a long time as they may get pregnant. That's a full 1 hour 43 minutes, which is just four minutes shy of the longest total lunar eclipse possible, according to EarthSky.

Going forward, however, there will not be another total lunar eclipse longer than Friday's event until 2123, weather information website theweathernetwork.com said.

As the moon lines up with the Earth and the Sun, the moon will darken in colour switching from its silvery glow to a rustic, dark red colour. It will appear a bright coppery-red colour because as the sun's rays travel through our atmosphere the blue light gets scattered more easily than the red light - so more of the red light gets through. "We are situated at the far west of the visible area, meaning the Moon will already be partly in the Earth's shadow when we see it", Žiberna said.

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The countdown has finally begun for one of the biggest incidents of the century - the longest lunar eclipse.

The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11:44pm IST on Friday night and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1am IST.

The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast the total lunar eclipse and Mars opposition live from its position atop the Roman Forum on the Palatine Hill in Rome.

The result of this effect is the spectacular Blood Moon lunar eclipse. Sunlight filtered through the earth's atmosphere hits the moon and turns it a deep red.

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"This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions".

For those in Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia, the height of the eclipse will be visible before the moon sets early in the morning on July 28.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star, and viewers will need no protective eye gear. "From that point onwards, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion". The total lunar eclipse is a unique celestial phenomenon in which people will have a chance to take a glimpse of the so-called "blood moon".

This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

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The lunar eclipse we might not see