Full "blood" moon AND lunar eclipse Friday

Jo Lloyd
July 26, 2018

Total lunar eclipses are known as blood moons for the reddish glow the natural satellite takes on as the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the otherwise illuminated surface.

For more detailed information on exactly when you can view the July 2018 lunar eclipse, plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer.

And do not forget to try and catch the event as soon as you can because the moon will only be in a state of total eclipse until 11.15 pm when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance. "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great natural disaster; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood". "The totality itself will last for an hour and 43 minutes". This one will be visible for almost four hours, as the moon passes through the centre of Earth's shadow.

"This is what is called the first contact when the partial lunar eclipse begins", said the Hyderabad centre's statement. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

"I spoke with Mills Observatory and unfortunately they will not be opening for the lunar eclipse".

According to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and colour the moon red for more than one hour and forty minutes. "However instead of turning black as you might expect, the atmosphere of the Earth bends the light of the sun onto the moon causing it to turn a deep red colour, hence this event's somewhat ominous moniker". However, only people in certain areas will be able to view the eclipse from start to finish.

The society says the moon will rise at 8.49pm in London and at 9.22pm in Edinburgh, ending around 12.28am - and all you'll need to see it is a pair of binoculars.

"The total eclipse phase will last for 1 hour 42 minutes 57 seconds, which makes it the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100)". The moon will start to turn red around 5.30am (AEST) as the total eclipse starts, and ends around 7.13am.

As if the eclipse isn't enough to hold our attention, Mars will be its closest and brightest to its neighbours since 2003.

Coming Friday and the world is set to see an exhibition of the rarest of a special assortment-the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century.

Early on Saturday morning a blood moon will be visible in Australian skies. In fact, it won't be visible anywhere in North America.

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