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The longest total lunar eclipse of this century is happening this Friday!

The longest total lunar eclipse of this century is happening this Friday!

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse. However, their appearances are very different. One reason why this eclipse will last so long is because it will occur when the moon is near apogee, or the point in its orbit when it is farthest from the Earth, making it appear smaller than normal.

The moon is expected to spend a whopping 103 minutes in the Earth's shadow, according to astronomers. Looking directly at that light requires special glasses to protect the eyes from the sun's brightness.

Speaking to JOE, David Moore, Chairman for Astronomy Ireland said: "We'll only see half of the eclipse in Ireland".

For Gisborne, the event starts about 5.20am. When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep reed in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

As this light passes through Earth's atmosphere it will tend to refract, or bend, slightly.

The super blue blood moon was covered by cloud for many Kiwis.

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"It looks very much like the moon was habitable at this time", Professor Schulze-Makuch said.

Mars will also appear brighter than usual, appearing just below the blood moon, while the gas giant Jupiter will also be visible to the naked eye to the south-west. "The eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises above the south eastern horizon at about 8.50pm and the total eclipse will end by about 10.15pm". Earth's atmosphere bends and focuses the sun's light into a glowing, cone-shaped shadow - the umbra. While a lunar eclipse occurrence is not a rare one, the perceptions surrounding it differ world over.

The lunar eclipse happens July 27 and if you're headed toward South America, eastern Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia, you have a chance to see the celestial show. Scientists in Antarctica should also have a great view. Places with an unobstructed view of the moonrise include Letná Park and parts of Vyšehrad, though by the time the moon reaches full eclipse it should be visible from much of the city where tall buildings or hills are not in the way. "The last lunar eclipse, during this year, will be occurring on the full moon night".

The most noteworthy thing about this particular eclipse is its extraordinary length - in fact, NASA expects it to be the longest lunar eclipse this century.

One superstition says that if you get injured during the lunar eclipse then the wound will not stop bleeding. The event can be observed in a large part of the globe, including in India, where it can be seen after 11.54 pm Indian Standard Time on July 27.


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