Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Total lunar eclipse around the world

Total lunar eclipse around the world

On Primrose Hill, north London, would-be-moon admirers broke into a rendition of "Total eclipse of the heart" to lift the soggy mood.

A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 27, 2018.

According to some Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies such as the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimise any disturbance.

Thousands of people will be able to see the total eclipse when the full moon slips into the Earth's shadow. The rare phenomenon of the longest 'blood moon' eclipse will be visible in India as well. Just before the lunar eclipse event, the moon reached its apogee, its farthest point from Earth.

At the same time, Mars will hover near the moon in the night sky, easily visible with the naked eye. In metro cities, space enthusiasts may miss out on watching the moon being eclipsed due to pollution. The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1h 00m IST on July 28.

Scientists say there are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.

"There is no reason to believe that "blood moons" foretell doom", said Massey.

Skywatchers around much of the world have sought a glimpse of a complete lunar eclipse that was the longest of this century.

The moon before it appeared 'blood red' over Dunedin this morning

In Britain, for example, the lunar eclipse lasted throughout the evening, beginning when the moon rose at 8:50 p.m.

The eclipse will not be visible to residents of the U.S. as by the time the moon rises at night in the USA, it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra.

However, the bending - or refraction - of the rays of light caused by our atmosphere by about half a degree makes it possible to see both.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly.

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

When the sun, Earth and moon are all lined up, sun-rays shine on the edges of the Earth.

Australians who looked skyward before sunrise were not left disappointed, as the moon glowed blood red for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

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

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