World Gazes At Total Lunar Eclipse, Longest Of This Century

World Gazes At Total Lunar Eclipse, Longest Of This Century

World Gazes At Total Lunar Eclipse, Longest Of This Century

Skywatchers around the world have witnessed the longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st Century. It will also have astronomers on hand to offer commentary on the history and science of lunar eclipses on Facebook Live. According to CNN, the totality of the eclipse will last around an hour and 43 minutes, with the entire time the moon is at least partially in the Earth's shadow being around four hours. That means the planet and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best.

The total Lunar Eclipse began in Australia and Indonesia, and it moved across the globe.

Views of the event in Switzerland - which could, unlike a solar eclipse, safely be made without special glasses - were somewhat less spectacular than in other parts of the world, with cloudy skies interfering with optimal viewing in Lausanne and Bern. Unfortunately for anyone in the USA, the eclipse will not be visible.

The reddish appearance of the lunar surface - the moon's image does not vanish entirely during an eclipse - is due to rays of sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere as the moon falls into our planet's shadow. "Bloody" referred to the moon during the Eclipse.

The blood moon cometh!

North America missed out on Friday's lunar eclipse but can look forward to the next one on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

In Britain, for example, the lunar eclipse will last throughout the evening, beginning when the moon rises at 8:50 p.m. local time. Although the lunar eclipse will be visible in all major land areas except North and Central America, the totality will be visible in India, the Middle East, parts of central Asia and eastern and southern Africa.

During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.

If you missed the trilogy of supermoons earlier this year, the Lunar eclipse, the longest of the 21st century, set to occur on Friday, will offer you a rare celestial treat. Just before the lunar eclipse event, the moon will reach its apogee, its farthest point from Earth. The next to last as long will occur on June 9, 2123.

The moon was in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.

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