Blood moon likely on Friday as longest lunar eclipse takes place

Rosemary Collier
July 24, 2018

Friday sees the longest lunar eclipse this century. We will not be able to see the eclipse in Jacksonville, or in any of North America.

People in Africa and Asia will get the best views of the eclipse, and those in Europe, South America and Australia will see partial views, according to USA Today.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon.

Scientists say the longest total lunar eclipse of this century will grace the night sky on Friday, turning the moon a reddish color.

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He said that the lunar eclipse would seen from naked eye nationwide. It happens when the sun, the Earth and the moon are perfectly aligned with our planet in the middle, thus blocking sunlight from reaching the moon. By 10:15pm, it will be leaving Earth's shadow. The penumbral eclipse will begin at 11:44 pm IST followed by a partial eclipse at 11:54 pm.

"Solar eclipses are unsafe because observing the Sun directly can damage your eyesight, but the light from a lunar eclipse is much fainter and so is completely safe". "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great natural disaster; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood".

The blood moon is upon us, and right now we're going to discuss how and when not to view it best.

In mainland France, the eclipse will be visible from 10 pm - 10.30 pm and it is expected to last until almost 12.30 am.

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The closest this lunar eclipse will come to happening to the contiguous United States will be the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico!

But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find a flawless spot, you'll still be able to get a good view of the red moon as it rises in the sky.

THIS weekend stargazers will be treated to a once in a lifetime lunar eclipse event - but you'll have to get up early. In December 2011, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter gathered data about how quickly the moon's day side (the side that always faces Earth) cools during a lunar eclipse. Additionally, if they wait a few more months, they'll be able to witness a combo of a total lunar eclipse and Supermoon on January 21st, 2019.

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