GET READY: Dundee to experience longest lunar eclipse of the century

24 July, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Rosalie Gross
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Early Saturday morning, the night sky will feature a rare blood moon lunar eclipse and it will be the longest such event in roughly a century.

According to NASA, the partial eclipse will begin at 7.24 p.m. CET, with the total eclipse starting at 8.30 p.m. CET and ending at 10.13 p.m CET.

For those who want to see the lunar eclipse in its full glory, Petro suggested that they should rent a boat and take it to the middle of the Indian Ocean.

It is believed by astrologers that blood moons send our emotions into serious overdrive, meaning this weekend is going to have some hectic things in store.

In those areas, the totality of the lunar eclipse - when the moon will retain its red color - will last for about an hour and 42 minutes.

Why does the moon turn red in a Blood Moon eclipse?

Christian preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz predicted that a tetrad - that's four lunar eclipses in a row - would hail the end of the world.

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Dr Gregory Brown, of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "We miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts".

And this is no regular lunar eclipse.

"While more common than the solar eclipse, the event is nonetheless fairly unusual, with even partial eclipses rarely happening a couple of times or twice per year and each is only visible from a portion of the Earth".

After this, you will witness the next lunar eclipse on December 31, 2028.

This time around, the eclipse will occur when the moon is furthest from the earth, making it a micro-moon and thus a blood micro moon eclipse. This will persist until 2.43 am, after which the Moon will begin to move outside the Earth's shadow. The total lunar eclipse is estimated to set in from 1:00 am IST on July 28. The shadow cast by the moon is much smaller than that produced by our own planet.

A lunar eclipse can be seen from Earth at night. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA's robotic spacecraft orbiting the moon, will experience it first-hand.

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. It was the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon coincided.

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