Longest complete lunar eclipse of this century

Path of the Moon into Earth’s Shadows and the times during the Total Lunar Eclipse on July 28 from Brunei Darussalam

Path of the Moon into Earth’s Shadows and the times during the Total Lunar Eclipse on July 28 from Brunei Darussalam

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica is backdropped by a super blue blood moon.

The Blood Moon can be seen in the United Kingdom from around 9pm. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar scientist Noah Petro, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The entire eclipse, including the penumbral and partial phases, will take six hours and 14 minutes from start to finish.

The Moon will begin a long journey through Earth's shadow on Friday afternoon, with the complete trip taking just over 6 hours. Known as a Micro Moon, this Full Moon may look smaller and less bright than a normal Full Moon.

"The maximum of the eclipse occurs at 21.21 BST, but the upper edge of the Moon won't rise from Belfast until 21:27 BST". This is going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

According to some Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies such as the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimise any disturbance. "It's one thing to see pictures of the planets in a book and another to see it in real life", said Ana Selma Ferreira, a 46-year old lawyer who brought her children to the spectacle.

Those in Australia's west, where alarms were set from 2am, got to see the end of the eclipse's totality, he said. The moon passed in front of the sun, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!" the NASA website states. This takes place every 26 months. It will also be almost three times brighter than Sirius - the brightest star in the night sky. The next time Mars comes so close will be on August 28, 2287. There are a lot of myths related to Chandra Grahan in India but if you are a skygazer it doesn't really matter.

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, also referred to as a "blood moon", will be visible across most of the world Friday evening - except in North America.

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While Mars may not be immediately visible without the right equipment, nonetheless, it would be an exciting opportunity to view the bright red planet right next to the red (eclipsed) Moon on that night. In Somalia, some hurried to mosques for special prayers often observed during lunar eclipses.

For thousands of years, man has looked to the heavens for omens of doom, victory and joy.

The lunar eclipse over Warsaw, Poland. The July 27/28, 2018 total lunar eclipse will follow a partial solar eclipse on that happened July 13, 2018.

People say one should avoid travelling during the eclipse.

In astronomy, each lunar eclipse is assigned a Saros cycle.

The red colour is because of the way light travels through the Earth's atmosphere.

The Executive Director of TNSTC, Soundararajan Perumal said, "This time the moon will be at a distance of 4,60,000, so it's called micro moon as it will be slightly diminished". These similar eclipses make up a Saros series.

This picture shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse in the sky of Dubai on July 27, 2018. The series has 71 eclipses.

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