World treated to incredible blood moon

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The fullest eclipse was visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia and Australia though clouds blocked out the moon in some places.

Unfortunately for us here in MI, this eclipse will only be visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

As scientists across the country gear up to witness the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century - which will coincide with the closest approach of Mars to our planet - experts say that cloudy skies are likely to mar the event for amateur astronomy buffs in India.

We may not be able to see this week's total lunar eclipse here in D.C., but you can take in the views from around the world via livestream. While the full eclipse will be over 6 hours, the total lunar eclipse 2018 will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes.

"It starts with a partial eclipse at 7:24 p.m".

When Mars and Earth are close to each other, Mars appears very bright in our sky.

The reason we don't get eclipses every month is because the moon orbits Earth on a slightly inclined plane of five degrees. Additionally, the moon will be at a farther point from Earth along its orbit, EarthSky pointed out.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and lovely", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

Then there are partial eclipses, where just part of the moon passes through the dark umbra, or shadow.

Mars, also known as the Red Planet, will share the skies with the Micro Blood Moon eclipse on July 27/28, 2018.

A lunar eclipse is when the sunlight's path to the moon is blocked by the Earth, with the moon falling in the Earth's shadow.

Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, a professor, Augustine Ubachukwu, has said. Nearly two weeks after, on August 11, 2018, another partial solar eclipse will take place.

A skygazer in Sydney watches the blood moon.

Although it won't look almost as large as the blood moon, Mars will be its largest in size if you're looking through a telescope and close to its maximum brightness in our sky.

Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar event can be viewed without wearing protective eye gear.

The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11.44 pm on Friday evening and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1 am.

"And the density of dust increasing in the atmosphere can cause the moon to appear a particularly deep red, and indeed it has the same effect on our sunsets and sunrises". The earth comes in between the sun and moon, while the crossing shadows when falls on the moon, creates this celestial happening.

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