The reaction to last night's Blood Moon in Ireland was brilliantly predictable

Red Moon Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

The reaction to last night's Blood Moon in Ireland was brilliantly predictable

A total lunar eclipse - the longest of the century - is now starting to become visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere.

The so-called "blood moon", when it turns a deep red, was visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon lined up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.

The total eclipse will last for an estimated one hour and 43 minutes in the prime viewing region, NASA predicts, with the entire event lasting close to four hours.

Unlike solar eclipse, lunar eclipses are visible with the naked eye and people do not need to wear eye protection.

While the eclipse was not visible in North America and those in South America only caught a glimpse of it at moonrise, residents will want to mark their calendars for the next total lunar eclipse, which falls on January 21, 2019.

Red light had a better chance of doing so for the same reason the sky was blue - shorter wavelengths were scattered more efficiently by the molecules in our atmosphere, he said. Though there won't be an eclipse that lasts as long for another century, you'll still have plenty of other opportunities to witness a blood moon in your lifetime. There are several channels which are organising live streaming of the lunar eclipse.

Also in the celestial mix, Mars will be in opposition on Friday - meaning it and the sun will be on opposite sides of Earth on the same day as the total lunar eclipse. In Somalia, some hurried to mosques for special prayers often observed during lunar eclipses.

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Thankfully, the skies remained clear and cooperative, and many were able to catch the blood moon at its reddest during its maximum eclipse at 4.20am.

Fearing the jaguar would come down to earth to continue its assault, people would throw spears at the moon and create noise to scare it away.

The Moon passed right through the centre of the Earth's shadow, at the shadow's widest point.

By 5.30am, the moon was totally eclipsed.

Earlier, on Friday night, about 200 people from the ASV gathered at Braeside Park and watched Mars through 20 telescopes as it sat close to the moon. - AFP View of a moon eclipse over the Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 2018. Anyone in Ethiopia will have the best view of the eclipse though, according to NASA.

During a regular supermoon, the full moon appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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