Longest lunar eclipse of the century set to arrive Friday

Saudi Arabia to witness 21st century's longest total lunar eclipse on Friday

Rare blood moon to rise in sky on Friday during longest eclipse this century

During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon's disk can turn bright orange, blood red (hence the term "Blood Moon") or even very dark gray, depending upon the part of the Earth's shadow it is passing through.

Although U.S. residents won't be able to see the eclipse, they should still be excited because the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - NASA's robotic spacecraft orbiting the moon - will experience it first-hand, Petro said. Contrary to belief, Lunar Eclipse can be seen by the naked eye, and people won't have to use a special equipment and/or glasses to watch the moon. "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great quake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood".

The Mars opposition takes place every two years or so and occurs when Mars, Earth and the Sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits. The total duration of the eclipse will be six hours and 14 minutes.

"The longest possible period for a full moon eclipse is 1 hour 47 minutes", Angkasa deputy director-general Samsuddin Omar told Bernama. The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 11:54 pm (Indian Standard Time) on July 27.

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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!

Essentially, the Earth will pass between the Sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the latter and forming a total eclipse. The only light that reflects from the surface is refracted (change of direction) by earth's atmosphere; this light tends to appear reddish, which is why it is known as Blood Moon.

The total eclipse on Friday July 27 will be the longest of the 21st century - from 2001 until 2100 - spanning one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

Tune in starting at 2:24p.m. (Jacksonville time) to see the partial eclipse. The eclipse will also be visible in the region covering Australia, Asia, Russia - except the northern part, Africa, Europe, east of South America and Antarctica. At that time, Earth blocks most of the sunlight that would usually hit the moon, so that much of the moon is in Earth's shadow.

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The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth.

A "super blue blood moon" seen in Rosaria, near Santa Fe, on January 31, 2018.

It is going to be the longest eclipse of the 21st century Although it is expected to last 103 minutes, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to see the start of the lunar eclipse as the moon will still be below the horizon.

Dundonians will be well placed later this week to have a grandstand view of the longest lunar eclipse, or blood moon, of the century.

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