Longest total lunar eclipse concludes Friday night


Trinidad and Tobago will be able to partially see a "blood moon" eclipse on July 27, 2018, which is being called the longest total lunar eclipse of the century. With a maximum eclipse lasting one hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds, this event marks the longest eclipse of its kind that will happen this century.

At the same time, Mars is traveling closer to Earth than it has done since 2003, so some observers may see what looks like an orange-red star - and is in fact the red planet.

The Virtual Telescope Project is hosting the alluringly named "Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet" and will have its cameras trained on the moon during the eclipse.

If you are in a location where the eclipse will be seen, you do not need any special sunglasses or other protective gear like you would for a solar eclipse, since lunar eclipses are not anywhere near the same as looking at the sun.

It will reach peak eclipse at 9:22 (BST), however, the total eclipse will last for a total of 1 hour 43 minutes. The total eclipse is scheduled to end at 5.13 a.m.

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During the eclipse, the moon is expected to take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon". According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the eclipse transformed the moon into a reddish orange colour for more than 100 minutes. It wasn't visible in the US, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

At 8.24pm, the moon will start moving into the umbral shadow of the earth.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon.

The lunar eclipse will last between 1:13 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, and most of the process, which will make the moon turn blood-red at one point, will be visible all over Taiwan, the bureau said. But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123. At that time, it came within 34.6 million miles of earth, marking its closest approach in 60,000 years.

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