The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming on Friday

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The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming on Friday

By the time the blood moon is rising on Friday evening in the United Kingdom, it will have begun to pass out of Earth's shadow - although it will still remain quite red. The full eclipse starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT and ends at 5:13. It will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 35.9 million miles from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

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The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019.

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive and I'll certainly be looking out for it!" That's because some light from the sun bends around the edge of the Earth where the blue and green wavelengths are scattered by our atmosphere. It will not be visible in North America and much of the Pacific Ocean because there it will be morning or afternoon.

As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown.

"Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had occurred on July 16, 2000 for a totality duration of one hour 46 minutes and another on June 15, 2011 for a totality duration of one hour 40 minutes".

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind Earth, so that the Earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon.

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IF THE sky is clear, people in Brunei will have the chance to witness two very rare astronomical phenomena - a planetary opposition and a moon eclipse - tomorrow night, said General-Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad.

Prof O'Brien explained that people in the United Kingdom would "need to have a clear south-eastern horizon as the Moon comes up" in order to see it. But if you happen to be in eastern South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Australia, you are in luck.

Why: It is the longest lunar eclipse of the century because annually (in early July) the Earth swings out to aphelion-its farthest point from the sun for the year.

According to QCH experts lunar eclipses can be seen with naked eye unlike solar eclipses, which need to be looked at using eclipse glass or filters.

In Invercargill, there would be five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow.

However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021.

"The plane of orbit of the earth around the sun and the plane of orbit of the moon around the earth are very close to each other".

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