Talking Lunar Eclipse with prof. Lerothodi Leeuw

Red Moon Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

Red Moon Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

The most visible images seemed to be the ones taken at Oloitoktok town along the Kenya-Tanzanian boarder where the moon looked like a huge red sphere. The local planetarium set up telescopes for astrology fans.

The good news for Brits is that they will be able to see that blood moon in its entirety - as long as there are clear skies.

In a rare celestial display, a red moon will rise above the horizon tomorrow, July 27, in the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century.

"The moon should turn red, a little coppery and Mars, nicknamed the "red planet", will be next, very bright, with a slightly orange hue", he said to AFP. When the moon passes behind the shadow of the Earth, the sun's light is refracted and gives the moon its red appearance. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about mediaeval superstitions".

However, not all lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show.

This gives the moon a odd red glow as it disappears into the Earth's shadow.

The lunar eclipse is seen in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, on July 27, 2018.

Skywatchers around much of the world have begun watching a complete lunar eclipse that is the longest of this century which coincides with Mars' closest approach in 15 years.

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When was the last blood moon?

Across Africa people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface.

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.

The "totality" period, where light from the Moon was totally obscured, lasted for one hour, 43 minutes. In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro moon.

Avid astronomers and amateur stargazers the world over were treated to an incredible lunar light show when the moon transformed from its usual bright color to an orb of burned orange and red for almost two hours.

Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases. Additionally, Mars and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best.

In a lunar eclipse, the Earth stands between its natural satellite and the Sun.

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