Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

Jul 27, 2018, 10:57
Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

However, there are rarely total eclipses, when both the moon is full and the Earth completely blocks the sun.

It has astronomers across the nation excited.

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".

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

One of the longest total lunar eclipses of the centuries will light up the skies around the world on Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning.

St Helens Star

Unlike a solar eclipse, people can look at a lunar eclipse directly with their own eyes.

The best time to get out and see the moon slowly drifting into darkness is about 2.24am, when the moon will be partially eclipsed - a dark spot slowly growing across its surface as the night progresses.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 31, 2028.

Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between Moon and Sun.

The total eclipse will last up to 2h 43m IST on 28 July.

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Given the moon will be at its furthest distance from Earth, Professor David Coward from the University of Western Australia is forecasting a particularly dramatic lunar eclipse for those in the east. A partial lunar eclipse happens when part of the Moon enters Earth's shadow.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.

You can watch it online with The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh. For a lunar eclipse you just need to be on the right side of the planet.

Durbanites should hope for a cloudless Friday night for a clear view of the lunar eclipse.

Friday's eclipse is the first to be visible from Ireland since September 2015 and will be the longest of this century.

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Such events only happened around every 17 years - and some brought us closer than others. Steel says the next one for NZ is due in 2028.

Are you hoping to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse or the blood Moon tonight? We will be able to see the moon as it is going to gradually fade out from one end to the other end throughout the span of more than 1 hour 30 minutes.

The places a selenelion can be seen are limited because everything must line up.

"If you want a close-up view of the moon as it turns red, a pair of binoculars is helpful".

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).

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