Lunar Eclipse July 2018

Lunar Eclipse July 2018

"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

Global News will be live-streaming the eclipse for viewers around the world beginning at 3 p.m. According to Nasa's lunar eclipse timetable, India will not get to witness another event like this till September 2025.

The total eclipse lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse preceded and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of almost 4 hours in the Earth's umbral shadow, according to Nasa. It is expected to occur on July 27-28 at 7.30 pm UTC (12 am IST) and end at 9.13 pm UTC (1.43 am IST).

It will also have astronomers on hand to offer commentary on the history and science of lunar eclipses on Facebook Live. The total eclipse will last nearly one hour and 43 minutes.

In fact, in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 - 13, where verse 12 says: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great quake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood". It lasted one hour, 46 minutes and 24 seconds. Since the moon crosses the earth's shadow, along the central region, it takes a longer time to cross it.

Apart from being called the red Moon, it is also known as Sturgeon, Hay, or Mead Moon.

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The total eclipse would be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America on Friday and Saturday.

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It will pass into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun and the atmosphere of the Earth will bend the light of the sun onto the moon.

For those in areas from Whanganui to Wellington, there was just a slim chance of glimpsing the totally-eclipsed moon as the sun peeked above the horizon.

But the eclipse won't be visible to those in North America.

The celestial event comes as a result of the alignment between the moon, Earth and the sun, and will be visible across the United Kingdom and parts of the Eastern hemisphere.

Not all the lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show.

On Twitter and Instagram, eclipse watchers can tag their photos of the eclipse with the hashtag #timeanddatelive so that others can browse them more easily.

Because blue and violet wavelengths are scattered more than red and orange ones, more of the red wavelengths reach the moon, making the moon appear red.

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