What Nigeria will experience on Friday night - Scientist


Some of the total phase of the eclipse is visible from the United Kingdom as the Moon rises during the umbral (the Moon's dark inner shadow) part of the eclipse.

A "blood moon" happens when Earth's moon is in full eclipse and has no special astronomical significance, rather, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown.

The eclipse was also visible in Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand.

Also, timeanddate.com reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100.

Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

Star gazers, rejoice! Catch the longest lunar eclipse of the century in Singapore, on Saturday, 28 July 2018!

The phenomenon, known as perihelic opposition, will make the red planet appear larger and brighter than normal in the night sky.

"The Moon is passing very close to the center of Earth's shadow, so it is passing on a chord that nearly equals the full diameter of the shadow", said Steve Edberg, a recently retired astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge. Unlike solar eclipses, it's completely safe to view with the naked eye, although Elphic prefers binoculars.

National Space Agency (Angkasa) deputy director-general Samsuddin Omar said this was the second lunar eclipse this year, and would be visible in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America beginning 1.14am and ending at 7.28am.

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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.

It will last for 103 minutes, or 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century. This lunar eclipse will be a dark one. The Moon is called Blood Moon since Moon takes a reddish hue.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly. That way you can see the moon move full into the Earth's shadow.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.

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The interesting fact is that in India, the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be visible in nearly all the parts of the country. So it is moving slower in its orbit and taking more time in the shadow.

Fabian says, 'If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun.

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