Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

What to expect in the longest total lunar eclipse of the century

What to expect in the longest total lunar eclipse of the century

The most dramatic part of the total blackout of the moon is expected to last almost two hours, at one hour 43 minutes as the orb passes very close to the centre of the Earth's shadow.

The much-hyped lunar eclipse on July 27 will be the longest "blood moon" this century, so there'll be plenty of time to try snap some phenomenal photos of it.

Total Lunar Eclipse of July 27, 2018.

On December 26 next year, people in Brunei will be experien-cing a partial solar eclipse when the moon passes in front of the Sun.

Then there are partial eclipses, where just part of the moon passes through the dark umbra, or shadow. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon falls under the Earth's shadow by passing directly behind the Earth.

A complete lunar eclipse will occur around the midnight of Friday and will last until the wee hours of the Saturday, with total duration of 1 hour 43 minutes.

It coincides not only with Mars's close approach, but with what he described as a "procession of planets" - a line-up of our celestial neighbours that will give skywatchers a particularly good view of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

"On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime". It won't be visible in the US, but can be seen in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia - depending on the weather. As with most such night-sky events, the best place to see it is out in the country away from lights. It will appear as a dark, reddish disk in the sky. The blood moon rises as supermoon and lunar eclipse combine.

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The next lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019, but it will be only partially visible from the UAE.

Global News will be live-streaming the eclipse for viewers around the world beginning at 3 p.m.

A close-up view of the total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015.

During totality the moon will be completely in the Earth's shadow. If you want to watch online the lunar eclipse live stream, just read on for the stream and everything you need to know about the phenomenon.

On the same day as the eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest as it travels close to Earth.

While hoaxers have claimed that Mars will appear as the same size of the moon during the eclipse, the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) dispelled the rumors.

"All eclipses are spectacular", the Royal Astronomical Society's Robert Massey said.

The best vantage point to watch the blood moon will be anywhere with an unobstructed view to the west.

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