Ghana to experience longest blood moon on July 27

Cristina Cross
July 28, 2018

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.

In the month of July, the world will be witnessing the second total lunar eclipse (Blood moon) of 2018 and this will be clearly visible in large parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. The total eclipse will last nearly one hour and 43 minutes. The moon was near its farthest point from Earth and orbiting slowly, making it appear smaller and take longer to travel through Earth's shadow.

The Moon gradually returns to its normal color and brightens as it emerges from Earth's shadow. The Moon will take three hours and 55 minutes to cross the Earth's dark shadow during its sojourn.

It will also have astronomers on hand to offer commentary on the history and science of lunar eclipses on Facebook Live.

The scientific explanation for the creepy, red-tinted satellite is admittedly a little less exciting than the more hysterical explanation from ancient times: that some kind of huge, unseen dragon in the sky is going to attempt to devour the moon but ultimately fail.

Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, said it was a "very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night".

Skywatchers around much of the world are being treated to a complete lunar eclipse Friday.

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Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

The moon will be totally eclipsed for an estimated 1 hour and 43 minutes in the prime viewing region, according to NASA predictions.

The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019.

However, there still is a way using which it is possible to view the "blood moon" - live stream on YouTube.

This picture shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse in the sky of Dubai on July 27, 2018. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red.

"This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about". Although there isn't any scientific reason behind these, it has been firmly engraved in our culture that the rays, which are more powerful during the eclipse, can affect the baby inside the womb.

In Auckland, the eclipse will still be partial as the moon disappeared below the horizon.

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