Blood Moon 2018: How to view the total lunar eclipse in Australia

Blood Moon 2018: How to view the total lunar eclipse in Australia

Blood Moon 2018: How to view the total lunar eclipse in Australia

The full moon during an Eclipse repainted in a dramatic color.

On Friday, skywatchers around the world will be rewarded with the longest total lunar eclipse of the century - except those in North America.

"The Moon is not always in flawless alignment with the Sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle", Brad Tucker, an astronomer with the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a statement. The best view of the eclipse will be reserved for the Indian Ocean, because it will be facing the Moon.

As it lines up with the Earth and sun, the rising full moon will darken and change from silver to rusty or awful blood red. Even fewer lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes through the center of the Earth's shadow, which increases the length of the lunar eclipse.

Instead of going dark, the way the sunlight refracts around the Earth gives the moon a red colour as some of the sunlight entering Earth's atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon behind. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on January 21, 2019.

The full moon in July is also known as "mini-moon" because it is at the farthest distance from the Earth and seems small.

From the European continent, it will be possible to see different phases of this phenomenon after sunset, as well as from North West Africa and South America. Asia, Indonesia and Australia will see it between midnight and sunrise Saturday.

Stages and time of the lunar eclipse that will be visible in Singapore on July 28, 2018. Lunar Eclipse is also tied strongly to Astrology, and since its a complete immersion not seen before this century, astrologers have pointed out that it could have an extreme effect on people with Gemini Zodiac sign.

But why does the moon turn red?

"People on the east coast will not see the moon leave the [Earth's] shadow", Australian National University astronomer Dr Brad Tucker was quoted by Canberra Times as saying. Image: AAP What is a lunar eclipse? The moon will start to turn red from about 5.30am.

"This is what is called the first contact when the partial lunar eclipse begins", said the Hyderabad centre's statement.

Canberrans won't be able to catch the whole show, however, because the moon will set before the total eclipse finishes. And because of this shadow, the surface of the moon appears red, giving it the name of Blood Moon. The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth. Mars is also safe to view with the naked eye.

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