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

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

One of the longest total lunar eclipses of the centuries will light up the skies around the world on Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning.

"This time, residents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and parts of South America will be so lucky".

It's definitely a bummer for anyone in North America, but there's still a way to watch the eclipse happen live.

While the eclipse will last 103 minutes, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m.

An eclipse is what happens when one celestial body obscures the light from another.

"Since the moon is bright anyway, you'll be able to see it regardless of light pollution, but to see the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars nearly in line with the moon, you'll want a nice dark spot where light from the city or streets does not pollute the sky too much", Knowles said. The lunar eclipse in India will start at around 10:44 pm on Friday and stay till around 2:43 am. Because of how Earth's atmosphere filters blue light, the moon appears red during a lunar eclipse. The Moon will turn red only at the highest point of the total lunar eclipse, which starts around 1 AM on the night of July 28. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon".

It's when you can see an eclipsed Moon on the western horizon, as well as the rising Sun on the eastern horizon. It will be preceded and followed by partial eclipses lasting for more than an hour. Join Miguel here as he takes us through his photograph "Total Lunar Eclipse of 2015". This eclipse will also be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

What is a lunar eclipse?

The Astronomical Society of India cautioned against creating a hype around this event in a statement.

"If Earth partially blocks the sun, and the darkest part of its shadow falls across the moon's surface, it is called a partial eclipse". According to him, the moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun.

Blood moon is a name given to the moon during a lunar eclipse.

Mr Scagell said: "You may see this very eerie-looking deep-red moon rising".

Partly cloudy skies on Friday night should still give us a chance to at least view the full Moon and Mars in close proximity, so it will still be worth a look.

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