Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

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It will come to a head between 3.30-5am when, fully engulfed by the Earth's shadow, the moon will turn an eerie orange-red hue.

In the United Kingdom: the partial eclipse will begin at 8.30pm BST on Friday, and the total eclipse will occur between 9.20pm and 10.12pm, with the moon visible to the south-east.

On the same night and over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear.

A significant celestial event will be visible in Kilkenny tomorrow night as the moon is totally eclipsed by the Earth for 103 minutes, turning it a deep shade of red.

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

When the Earth passes in front of the moon, it rapidly causes its surface temperature to drop - causing lunar rocks to suddenly freeze and crack, releasing gas.

"This is a total eclipse at a time in its orbit when it is close to being the farthest from Earth, or at apogee", she said.

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However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021.

The earlier long duration total lunar eclipse had occurred on 15 June 2011, which lasted for 1 hour 40 minutes.

The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna Rossa, is possible because, while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

Nights before, the effect has already begun with the moon not yet eclipsed by the Earth, but enough to colour it very noticeably. The only light which reaches moon and gets reflected back is the one which is refracted by the earth's atmosphere.

The Mars opposition is when Mars, Earth and the Sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits. We will be able to see the moon as it is going to gradually fade out from one end to the other end throughout the span of more than 1 hour 30 minutes.

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123.

On December 26 next year, people in Brunei will be experien-cing a partial solar eclipse when the moon passes in front of the Sun. "If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red".

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