Egypt Among Best Places to See Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

Stages Of A Total Lunar Eclipse

All of Asia (including India), and Eastern Africa will get to watch the entire eclipse including the two partial lunar eclipse.

People in many countries have been catching a glimpse of a "blood moon" for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century. Viewers in central Asia will see the moon pass into Earth's shadow at 10:44 p.m. local time and can expect the eclipse to peak at around midnight. It will not be visible in North America and much of the Pacific Ocean because there it will be morning or afternoon. The total eclipse is scheduled to end at 5.13 a.m.

In a statement by the agency's head of media and corporate communications, Dr. Felix Ale, the eclipse was expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until it ended around 12:30am of Saturday (today). The planet Mars, which will be at its closest point to Earth in 15 years on July 31, appeared as a bright object near the moon.

The red effect is caused by a scattering of colours during a lunar eclipse. For four hours, it will be partly in the Earth's shadow.

As skywatchers around the world witnessed last night's spectacular lunar eclipse, residents in the Upper East Region town of Bawku, have interpreted the cosmic event differently.

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Unfortunately, it won't be visible in North America. Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky.

The July 27, 2018, lunar eclipse will put the moon fully in Earth's shadow for 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds. Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter.

Alexander tweeted: "A partially eclipsed Moon, with our neighbouring planet in the background, just before diving into Earth's atmosphere".

Lunar eclipses occur up to three times a year, so if you miss Friday's week's sky show, there will be other opportunities in the future.

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