Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

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This lunar eclipse will also feature the longest blood moon that the Earth has witnessed in 100 years.

Viewers in the Middle East, eastern Africa, southern Asia and India will be in prime position to witness the entire eclipse.

The eclipse of the moon will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. Spanning for 1 hour 43 minutes, the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will see the moon turning to a shade of red.

Watch the lunar eclipse livestream in the video above starting at 3 p.m. E.T.

As we get ready to witness a total lunar eclipse today (July 27), here's a photo throwback to the rare supermoon total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is now predicting patchy cloud but due to the length of this eclipse most people should be able to catch a glimpse at the very least.

The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth. Because the Earth passes between the sun and the moon during this cosmic event, the light of the sun has to pass through our planet's atmosphere, casting a shadow on the moon.

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.

In the Book of Joel, it is written that "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord comes".

The lunar eclipse can be seen from anywhere on the night side of Earth.

There are solar and lunar eclipses, which occur in multiple ways.

"There is no reason to believe that "blood moons" foretell doom", said Massey. The eclipse takes place once in a century so you can consider yourself to be lucky to see one.

People wanting to see the Moon in a spectacular location can take to the Virtual Telescope Project, which will show the Moon from the Roman Forum in Italy.

This specific blood moon is rare because it is lasting a very long length of time, thanks to the moon passing through the centre of the Earth's shadow.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.

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