World looks to the skies as 'blood moon' eclipse begins

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

The Moon goes reddish in colour during the total lunar eclipse as it fails to receive any of the direct sunlight and hence reflects the colours thrown out by the Earth's atmosphere.

Moonrise in the United Kingdom will be at around 8.50pm. The Penumbral Eclipse begins at 22.44 PM IST on July 27. "However, a layperson who might expect to see dramatic details of the surface of Mars would probably be disappointed".

This time, Mars comes the closest to Earth as compared to any time in the past 15 years.

Overall, the blackout will last for about six hours, but in Finland it should be visible for about four and a half hours altogether depending on weather conditions.

Global News will be live-streaming the eclipse for viewers around the world beginning at 3 p.m.

The next lunar eclipse, on January 21, will be visible from North America.

A partial eclipse was also observed in some areas when the moon entered and left the earth's atmosphere, referred in astronomical terms as the earth's umbral shadow.

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What is a blood moon?

While the whole of Asia, including India, and Eastern Africa will be able to watch the entire "blood moon" eclipse, the rare phenomenon will be visible in parts of South-America, Europe, and Australia. The rare phenomenon of the longest 'blood moon' eclipse will be visible in India as well.

The totality, which, you may recall, is when the Earth's shadow covers the moon and casts the world into darkness, will last one hour and 43 minutes.

Blood moon at Careys Bay, NZ. It will also be almost three times brighter than Sirius - the brightest star in the night sky. In metro cities, space enthusiasts may miss out on watching the moon being eclipsed due to pollution.

The next time a similarly extended eclipse will happen again is in 2025.

"The reason that the moon turns red is because atmospheric scattering causes red light to pass through the atmosphere and the composition of the atmosphere can change if volcanic eruptions or forest fires occur", said Tom Kerss, an astronomer with the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The moon will glide into Earth's shadow Friday in what will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. Blue light is scattered, leaving only red. Fun fact: Legend has it that Christopher Columbus, tipped off by an astrologist, told an indigenous Caribbean tribe that the Christian god would soon make the moon disappear because they would not share resources with Columbus's crew.

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