Rare Celestial treat: Longest total Lunar Eclipse of century falls tomorrow

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

The visibility of the lunar eclipse. Pic Piruliton

While it won't be visible in Canadian skies, there are ways you can see the spectacle for yourself. But it won't be visible in Baltimore, or anywhere in North America.

Another factor that is playing a role in the eclipse's duration is the path that the moon is taking through the Earth's shadow.

As the moon continues on its orbit, the second phase will involve another partial lunar eclipse, which should be visible from around 2:43 am IST.

A total eclipse of the Moon will occur on Friday 27 July 2018.

However, the drop in natural light pollution during the total lunar eclipse will allow people to see more of the dimmer meteors.

The next time we will see a similar phenomenon will be around August 2036, which will last for 6 hours and 12 minutes (including the penumbral and partial phases).

In a lunar eclipse the moon appears darkened as it passes into the Earth's shadow. It can pass through the outer, fainter shadow, called the penumbra. Patient spectators may also catch a glimpse of the Blood Moon, caused by the little moonlight that gets refracted due to earth's atmosphere. But there's nothing scary about it. Blue light is scattered, leaving only red.

The rising full moon will also change from shining silver to deep blood-red during the eclipse.

"The red colour depends on the atmosphere at the time, but my suspicions are it will be redder than normal in Sydney because you'll be looking through a thick layer of atmosphere", Prof Coward told AAP.

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Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

While Canadians won't be able to witness the event first-hand, there are ways to capture it from the comforts of home. The rest of us will just have to watch online.

If you're something of an astronomy buff it's probably worth investigating one of the 130 astronomy clubs in France which will be holding events for the public in honour of the occasion.

In Singapore, this lunar event is expected to start from 1.14 am and end at 5.13am, with the total eclipse at 3.30 am.

But there are a couple of extra-special happenings that night.

Stargazers will enjoy a rare celestial display when, on the same night, Mars will shine brighter than it has in 15 years.

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

Sky alert for avid celestial lovers! There isn't anything particularly scientific about it, but it makes for wonderful viewing and photographs.

A lunar eclipse, otherwise known as a Blood Moon, will be visible to people in the United Kingdom for the first time this year on Friday July 27.

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