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Blood Moon Over Jakarta

Blood Moon Over Jakarta

The July 27 Blood Moon eclipse, the longest lunar eclipse this century can be seen from Taiwan overnight on July 27-28.

"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 handsome", Robert Massey of the RAS said.

Totality, the period of time that the moon is fully in Earth's shadow, will last for approximately 103 minutes (1 hour, 42 minutes), with partial phases occurring before and after. Mars shone bright all night as it was at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" when the skies were clear.

In fact, a lunar eclipse is less bright than the normal full moon.

The next lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019. The total eclipse will last nearly one hour and 43 minutes.

As with most eclipses, conspiracy theorists believe it is a sign of the end times and is referred to as the Blood Moon prophecy. The rare phenomenon of the longest 'blood moon' eclipse will be visible in India as well.

A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 27, 2018.

The red effect is caused by a scattering of colours during a lunar eclipse.

The longest lunar eclipse of the century is set to dazzle stargazers this evening - but people in the United Kingdom could miss out on seeing the rare celestial event, with rain clouds and thunderstorms set to dominate the skies. It wasn't visible in the USA, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he said. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

When the moon moves into the conical shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark. It will not be visible in North America and much of the Pacific Ocean because there it will be morning or afternoon.

The July 2018 lunar eclipse will be the longest one till June 9, 2123.

The phenomenon occurs when the moon and the sun are at opposite sides of the Earth.

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