The Longest Full 'Blood Moon' Of The Century Is Happening This Month

The Longest Full 'Blood Moon' Of The Century Is Happening This Month

The event was visible to much of the world's population and was the longest blood moon of the century - but heavy clouds in the United Kingdom meant the spectacle was obscured for many.

"I have been excited since last week to see the celestial event".

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun.

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Dr Emily Brunsden, director of the University of York's Astrocampus, added that this eclipse was a "micro blood moon".

The entire eclipse will be visible from Africa, the Middle East and countries in central Asia. (Picture: EPA) The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse next to the German national flag on top of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany.

During the eclipse, the moon turned into a deep-copper-toned object, in what is commonly (but not scientifically) known as "blood moon".

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Our neighbouring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometres (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

Our constant companion will also be at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark.

The eclipse of the moon will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. These latter events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, are safe to view directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars. "But Christians should nurture that expectation without needing to look to blood moons and the like".

Scientists say there are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.

It was an early start for WA stargazers with the blood moon first appearing after the lunar eclipse at 3.30pm and lasting until 5.13am. Although we haven't had much luck in catching the creatures from the Red Planet, here is our chance to catch the planet itself, well, in the night sky. A total lunar eclipse happens only when the sun, earth and moon are in one flawless line.

Total lunar eclipses are a rare occurrence. For Muslims, they can perform the eclipse prayer in that time span.

After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine and cloudless skies, thunderstorms swept across swathes of the United Kingdom on Friday, veiling what was said to be the longest celestial event in the 21st century.


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