Blood Moon: Best places to see Blood Moon 2018 REVEALED

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The full moon will begin to darken as it enters the Earth's shadow at 7.15pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 9.30pm. On average, the totality lasts approximately one hour to one hour and 30 minutes during moon eclipse.

Qatar residents have a good chance to see all phases of the lunar eclipse from Friday evening till Saturday morning; where the penumbral phase of lunar eclipse will start over Qatar sky at 8:15pm Doha local time.

During Friday's eclipse, the moon will gradually take on a reddish hue as it advances into the Earth's shadow and the colour will look "a little like when the sun sets on the horizon", according to a spokesman for the French Association of Astronomy Clément Plantureux.

In our case, Otago and Southland stood to get the best glimpse, although, even from Auckland, the eclipse would still be partial as the moon disappeared below the horizon. "The rim of the Earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere".

When the Earth passes in front of the moon, it rapidly causes its surface temperature to drop - causing lunar rocks to suddenly freeze and crack, releasing gas.

The term "blood moon" may be a rather sinister description for a total eclipse of the moon, but that doesn't take away from the special event which will unfold in the skies on July 27.

If you do happen to miss out on this particular Blood Moon, several other exciting celestial events are happening in the sky that you can see. There will also be a street play related to the Moon, she said.

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Blood Moon: Best places to see Blood Moon 2018 REVEALED

Friday night will see the longest total lunar eclipse so far this century. Because the Earth passes between the sun and the moon during this cosmic event, the light of the sun has to pass through our planet's atmosphere, casting a shadow on the moon.

While there are innumerable misnomers and superstitions about the moon and its dark side, including the eclipse's potential impact on the body and mind, none of them have any scientific corroboration till date.

Lunar eclipses often throw up interesting data for astronomers.

Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it. It's when the eclipsed Moon can be seen on one horizon, while the rising Sun can also be observed near the opposite horizon.

The Mars opposition is when Mars, Earth and the Sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits.

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown.as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

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