Africans watch 'blood moon' in longest lunar eclipse of 21st century

Jan Cross
July 28, 2018

The eclipse, though, was not visible in America and the Pacific. The organization has published a of all lunar eclipses until 2100, and it doesn't expect another totality as long as this one within the century.

What was so important about the lunar eclipse of July 27 and 28?

During the total eclipse, which began at 7:30am, the Moon would have changed colour to between dark brown and blood red.

They said: "The eclipse will be visible to North Americans, South Americans, and most of Africa and Europe".

When the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, Earth's shadow will be cast on the moon.

"It's wonderful to have been able to see the eclipse with no protection, and hopefully it's inspired people to learn about astronomy".

"The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere".

The second phase of the eclipse will start from 2:43 a.m. local time on Saturday wherein a partial lunar eclipse will be taking place.

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The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.

And unlike solar eclipses, especially the total solar eclipse in August 2017, the lunar eclipse is safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars. "You will see the sunrise and sunset of the Earth lighting up the surface of the Moon - over 350,000 km away".

People looking through a telescope at a "blood moon" eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya, on July 27, 2018.

At 8.24pm, the moon will start moving into the umbral shadow of the earth.

Venus and Jupiter, along with Mars, are easy to pick out due to their brightness. The website 'Time And Date, ' which keeps track of all the major and minor celestial events observable from here on Earth, will be hosting a live stream so that amateur skywatchers from all over the world can enjoy the eclipse in real time.

Around the world, stargazers and keen photographers made the most of the chance to capture the blood moon against stunning and historic backdrops.

The next time Mars will come close to Earth will be on October 6, 2020, at a distance of 38.6 million miles.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency tweeted out the pictures, showing Mars in the background, on Friday night. This is when the moon is completely inside the Earth's shadow and is the most spectacular part of the lunar eclipse.

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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. But the good old British weather could ruin many people's chances of seeing the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century .

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