Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

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Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018 tonight LIVE UPDATES: During this rare phenomena, the Moon will turn bright red and it will be visible in India as well.

NASA, meanwhile, called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars would appear as big as the moon during the eclipse. Sadly, after weeks of clear weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland, cloud cover obstructed much of the view of the once-in-a-century event. It will be on the intervening night of July 27 and 28 with a duration of 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest one.

The eclipse will have been visible from Africa to the Middle East, Europe, Russia, India, and Australia.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he said. "Kenyans had the chance to see other planets like Mars, Jupiter and Saturn without the need of specialised equipment", Ms Susan Murabana, the Travelling Telescope Africa MD, told the Saturday Nation.

Lunar eclipse begins when the Moon begins to pass into Earth's shadow, gradually growing dimmer.

Taking steps such as using a tripod to minimise vibrations and integrating the moon with the surroundings to give a sense of scale and place can lead to great photos.

The moon and the mars are seen during a lunar eclipse is seen above the cityscape and the television tower in Berlin, Germany, on July 27, 2018.

The longest eclipse of the 20th century fell on July 16, 2000.

Moon from space
TWITTER/@ASTRO_ALEX AMAZING Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this

July's lunar eclipse coincided with the lunar apogee when the moon is furthest away from the Earth in its monthly orbit, meaning it takes longer to cross its shadow.

Eclipses have inspired awe and terror throughout history.

Until science put the record straight, folk tales abounded about such occurrences, with some civilisations attributing them to conflicts between the gods.

As it rose, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown.

When the full moon moves into Earth's shadow, it will darken, but it won't disappear.

According to Hazarry, stargazers should be able to see the red planet appear as a very bright reddish "star" rising on the eastern sky at around 8pm from Brunei.

The next such lunar eclipse won't be until 2123.

While the eclipse was not visible in North America and those in South America only caught a glimpse of it at moonrise, residents will want to mark their calendars for the next total lunar eclipse, which falls on January 21, 2019.

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