The longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday

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The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer. On July 27, our moon will transform into a red orb for 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds! For people in the United Kingdom, the "blood moon" will rise in the south-eastern sky already immersed completely in the Earth's shadow. The total duration of the eclipse will be six hours and 14 minutes.

Early Saturday morning, the night sky will feature a rare blood moon lunar eclipse and it will be the longest such event in roughly a century. Stargazers in Australia, Indonesia, and other eastern regions can see it as the moon sets, while those in Europe, western Africa, and South America, can see it when the moon rises. Additionally, if they wait a few more months, they'll be able to witness a combo of a total lunar eclipse and Supermoon on January 21st, 2019.

Unfortunately, the celestial show won't be visible in North America.

The team of astronomers behind the Virtual Telescope will stream the Blood Moon from the Roman Forum on Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy. This makes the moon appear red to people on Earth.

A'super blue blood moon seen in Rosaria near Santa Fe
A'super blue blood moon seen in Rosaria near Santa Fe

Lunar eclipses generally last much longer than their solar counterpart. This phenomenon is also known as " Red Moon " or "Blood Moon".

It is because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon's surface, an expert told APP. At that point gradually the obscuration will begin diminishing lastly at about3.58am on July 28, the shroud would be in the fractional stage for one hour and nine minutes, said BM Birla Science Center.

The Middle East: Limassol and Dubai will offer some of the best views of the full eclipse beginning at 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m local time. However, Indians might not be lucky because of the ongoing monsoon season in the country which might cause the moon to be blocked from view. The eclipse will be visible with the naked eye. The LRO was launched in June 2009 to provide detailed maps to identify "safe and interesting" landing sites on the moon for future human and robotic exploration.

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