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'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

The total eclipse will last up to 2h 43m IST on 28 July. The total eclipse will begin at 1 am (July 28) and soon the moon will appear to turn red, looking the darkest at 01.52 am.

The eclipse will occur for one hour and 43 minutes in the early hours of Saturday, meaning you have plenty of time to see it!

Global News will be live-streaming the eclipse for viewers around the world beginning at 3 p.m.

The areas of our planet from which this can be experienced are very limited, because the total lunar eclipse must be ongoing at the time of moonset/sunrise. The Earth orbits, or goes around, the sun.

Starting from 4am on the east coast of Australia, and from 2am in the west, the moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

According to NASA scientists: "The exact color that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere". The uncertainty about the weather has led to the cancellation of some other events, including a Moon workshop at the iconic Jantar Mantar that was being organised by a private organisation during the eclipse period.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.

What is Total Lunar Eclipse? Due to how its relative size in the sky, the eclipse makes it appear as if there's a ring of light around the moon.

If you do happen to miss out on this particular Blood Moon, several other exciting celestial events are happening in the sky that you can see.

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Don't miss tomorrow's Blood Moon — the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century

"Enthusiasts can witness the phenomenon with the naked eye and without any filter", Bharat Kumar of the Breakthrough Science Society (BSS) in Bengaluru said. A partial lunar eclipse happens when part of the Moon enters Earth's shadow.

The eclipse, however, will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. Mars will appear 10 times brighter than usual, at magnitude -2.8 on that night.

However, there are rarely total eclipses, when both the moon is full and the Earth completely blocks the sun. It is expected to last for at least two hours.

How does a chandra grahan occur? The entire eclipse will be visible from across India.

The best conditions to view the spectacle will be in southern Italy, the Balkans and eastern Europe.

This will be the first central lunar eclipse since June 15, 2011.

People say one should avoid travelling during the eclipse. Cooking, eating and drinking are avoided during lunar eclipses in India as people are superstitious about food "going bad" during eclipses.

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: "The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm".

Another hot, humid day with afternoon storms possible
We'll be tracking these storms through the day here on NBC12! Fri: High: 96 Low: 78 Partly cloudy to mostly sunny. There could be a few quick afternoon pop-up showers on Monday , but nothing severe or long lasting.

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