Blood moon should be an eerie spectacle this Friday evening

Blood moon should be an eerie spectacle this Friday evening

Blood moon should be an eerie spectacle this Friday evening

Friday sees the longest lunar eclipse this century.

This rare celestial event will be visible across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. The moon will transform into a reddish orange color for 1 hour 43 minutes, according to Nasa.

Lunar eclipses typically occur only during a full moon, however on this instance the moon will be in flawless alignment with the sun and earth, also known as the blood moon.

During the eclipse, the moon will appear red, giving it the nickname "blood moon". The partial lunar eclipse involves the southern half of the moon passing into the earth's shadow, he added.

THIS weekend stargazers will be treated to a once in a lifetime lunar eclipse event - but you'll have to get up early. The moon will start to turn red around 5.30am (AEST) as the total eclipse starts, and ends around 7.13am. What people see from Earth during a partial lunar eclipse depends on how the sun, Earth and moon are lined up. If the summer weather cooperates, the eclipse will be visible from the Netherlands.

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The next total lunar eclipse visible in the US will be on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

"People on the east coast will not see the moon leave the [Earth's] shadow", Australian National University astronomer Dr Brad Tucker was quoted by Canberra Times as saying. According to, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon.

If you miss the lunar show on Friday night‚ you will have to wait until May 16 2022 to see the next eclipse. Since the moon will be at its most distant and smallest, it will take more time to cross the Earth's shadow.

He said: "As the eclipse continues, it will be at peak position at 9.50pm and end at 10.13pm making it 35 minutes long".

The total lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Delhi. Remember a lunar eclipse is when the Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light from reflecting off the moon. 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. As a result, the planet, which is at its closest to Earth - and therefore, its brightest - since 2003, will live up to its nickname and appear red as well.

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