'Blood moon' to grace Nigerian skies on July 27

However, due to the geographical location of the Indian subcontinent, these two eclipses will be visible to the naked eye.Eclipse will be also visible in South America, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. It is said the full eclipse will last over an hour and 30 minutes, whereas the partial eclipse would last over an hour.

A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a Blood Moon, because of the reddish tinge the Full Moon takes on when fully eclipsed. It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

Only those in the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the upcoming event, with people in Europe, Africa and Asia getting the best seats for the lunar show.

In Manila, the moon will rise at 6:05 p.m. on July 27 and will set at 5:44 a.m. on July 28. During a lunar eclipse, the light from the moon is much less intense than the emission of solar eclipse.

Scientists say the reason this lunar eclipse is especially long is because the moon is passing nearly directly through the central part of Earth's shadow.

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Pagasa said lunar eclipses are safe to watch; observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes.

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Meanwhile, there is a twist: the expected astronomical event has reignited the blood moon prophecy.

Also, on July 27, Mars will pass closer to Earth than it has done for 15 years. (Philippine time) and will end at 7:30 a.m. on July 28.

Earlier this year, a lunar eclipse occurred in January at the same time as a super moon, which takes place when a full moon is at its closet orbital point to Earth, appearing brighter and larger than usual.

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