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Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

Incredibly, the Moon was entirely in Earth's shadow (totality), turning it a dark blood red, for a full 1 hour and 43 minutes.

CLOUDY skies proved to be the enemy of astronomy buffs and amateur photographers hoping to catch the ideal view of the blood moon lunar eclipse over Perth early yesterday.

But those in North America and other parts of the Western Hemisphere are out of luck, as the eclipse will be happening during daytime hours. Picture: AAPThe blood moon peaks behind the Colosseum in Rome.

"The blood moon is definitely a prophetic sign [of the end times]", one prominent YouTube preacher (whom Live Science prefers not to name) said in a recent video.

Skywatchers around much of the world have sought a glimpse of a complete lunar eclipse that was the longest of this century. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about mediaeval superstitions".

Also in the celestial mix, Mars will be in opposition on Friday - meaning it and the sun will be on opposite sides of Earth on the same day as the total lunar eclipse.

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Thankfully, the skies remained clear and cooperative, and many were able to catch the blood moon at its reddest during its maximum eclipse at 4.20am.

For those in the Middle East and Madagascar, the eclipse will occur about midnight, and people in Europe and Africa will have the best view between sunset and midnight.

A blood moon is seen from the Prambanan temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, early Saturday, July 28, 2018, during a lunar eclipse.

The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse. In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro moon.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!"

However, babies born today have a chance to watch the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century on September 8, 2090. However, astronomers have found that hot spots remain on the moon's surface during total eclipses.

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