Longest total lunar eclipse of 21st century coming Friday

Moon to turn'blood red as longest total lunar eclipse of 21st century arrives

The statement further said that "It is occurring at a time when the moon is at its farthest distance from the earth and so it will be the longest total lunar eclipse in this century".

Unfortunately this historic event will not be witnessed in its entirety by us North Americans, who have the worst seats on the planet - literally!

The Blood Moon is an occurrence where sunlight causes the eclipsing sun to appear red in colour. Its appearance near the blood moon after sunset will give viewers a double vision in red. The eclipse will last one hour and 43 minutes with Africa, the Middle East and southern Asia having the best viewing window, according to AccuWeather. Underneath the moon to the right, Mars will be visible to the naked eye.

Christian preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz predicted that a tetrad - that's four lunar eclipses in a row - would hail the end of the world. Those of you in the United Kingdom should look for this eclipse starting in at around 11PM (that's 23:00 hours) local time. Another total lunar eclipse is set for January 21, 2019.

In all places except for the place from which you're most likely situated will get an opportunity to view this eclipse.

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The discoveries were made more than a year ago, and the orbits of two of the moons were confirmed soon after they were found . Rather than delay their work, the researchers chose to pivot to studying moons of Jupiter that had flown into their gaze.

This is the fourth lunar eclipse this year, but it's the last one until 2021 viewable from Australia.

Dundonians will be well placed later this week to have a grandstand view of the longest lunar eclipse, or blood moon, of the century. Although U.S. residents won't be able to see the eclipse, there's still a reason to be excited.

The next total eclipse of the sun visible in the US will occur on April 8, 2024.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through the umbra - the darkest part of the Earth's shadow - and take on a red glow.

"The moon will start changing shape as it enters the shadow of the Earth at 20h24". This apogee full moon, or micro-moon, is smaller and slower-moving, and, therefore, takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than a full moon that is closer and moving more rapidly in orbit. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA's robotic spacecraft orbiting the moon, will experience it first-hand. It was the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon coincided.

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