Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Friday’s 'blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

Friday’s 'blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

Prof. Zarb Adami, an astrophysicist, explained that the reason this lunar eclipse was the longest of the 21st century was because it passed through the centre of Earth's shadow, increasing the time in which the moon was blocked from the sun.

However, the bending - or refraction - of the rays of light caused by our atmosphere by about half a degree makes it possible to see both. The Middle East, west and central Asia, as well as major parts of Africa will join India in spotting these celestial phenomena.

The places a selenelion can be seen are limited because everything must line up. The blood moon and total lunar eclipse will being from 11.43 pm on July 27, and end on 5.34 am on July 28.

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London, said: "We know we have lunar meteorites on the Earth, so it may well be that a chunk of Earth carried life to the Moon".

In Dunedin, the interval was reduced to four minutes; in Christchurch, three minutes. This eclipse lasted a few hours and began at 03:48:23 and ended at 06:13:44.

Its colour will be somewhere between dark brown and blood red.

Mars will add to the spectacle shining brightly below the blood moon as it reaches perihelic opposition - where the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth. During a total lunar Eclipse the scattered sunlight back to Earth.

On Friday night this week, one look at the sky will reveal the longest lunar eclipse of this century, a deep red blood moon.

It is best to get out of town, away from light and lights. "On a clear night, mastering the shutter speed of your camera is integral to capturing the moon - exposing at 1/250 sec @ f8 ISO 100 (depending on focal length) is what you'll need to stop the motion from blurring". The first lunar eclipse, a "super blood moon" occurred on January 31.

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Taking a picture of a selenelion is going to be quite hard.

This is rare due to how long it will last, at nearly two hours.

"They're in opposite parts of the sky".

In Metro Manila, Manila Bay will have one of the best vistas, he said.

"It really isn't anything spectacular".

Hence a black shadow will be seen taking a bite out of the moon.

Events like fires and volcanos can change the air quality and impact the atmospheric conditions here, he says. "What more could you want?" "Of course, the issue of shutter speed is always there; too slow an exposure and all we'll see is an unsightly lunar streak, even with a wide-angle lens". I've never been at the right place at the right time.

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: "The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm".

The first record of any such event dated from 1666. Scientists also still don't know how common it is throughout the universe for conditions that support life to exist.

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