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Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse

Blood Moon” or longest total lunar eclipse of the century this Friday

People in many countries have caught a glimpse of a "blood moon" for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century. During total lunar eclipses, the moon turns a deep red color when it enters the depths of Earth's shadow. The period of complete eclipse-known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest-lasted from 1930 to 2113 GMT.

Next lunar eclipse is expected to be in January 2019, experts said adding the rare phenomenon was seen by almost all countries except the United States of America.

Thousands of people will be able to see the total eclipse when the full moon slips into the Earth's shadow.

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse in Giv'atayim, Israel.

The moon is steeped in mythology and legend, with zodiac influences and the Blood Moon is no different. 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.

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Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it.

The total eclipse was visible from Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and western North America.

"There is no reason to believe that blood moons foretell doom", said Massey.

"It really was more of a public relations or public affairs kind of thing than it was anything else because you know the moon's color in eclipses can range anywhere from a tan or coppery color actually", Pitts said.

"At first there is darkness over the moon and later it will start turning red".

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The Middle East, west and central Asia, as well as major parts of Africa will join India in spotting these celestial phenomena. The next time there is a total lunar eclipse this long will not be until June 9, 2123.

A view of the moon before the eclipse from Amritsar's Golden Temple.

A reporter form ABC News named Matt Gutman portrayed seeing the lunar eclipse from Hong Kong as more like a dark smirch, because of the weather. "Kenyans had the chance to see other planets like Mars, Jupiter and Saturn without the need of specialised equipment", Ms Susan Murabana, the Travelling Telescope Africa MD, told the Saturday Nation.

The eclipse will not be visible to residents of the U.S. as by the time the moon rises at night in the United States, it will have already completed its journey through Earth's shadow, or Umbra.

They, therefore, performed a ritual dance amid drumming and singing, to appease the sun to release the moon to prevent any eventuality.

Excited skywatchers on social media shared photos of the bright planet just to the right of the moon.

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