The Moon goes reddish in colour during the total lunar eclipse as it fails to receive any of the direct sunlight and hence reflects the colours thrown out by the Earth's atmosphere. The total eclipse will last 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds.
At 7.13pm South African time, the moon will start moving into the penumbral (partial) shadow of the earth.
NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.
At 12.19am, the moon will be out of the earth's umbral shadow and the observable eclipse will be over. The moon passed in front of the sun, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow. The moon gives off no light and is only visible because it reflects the light of the sun.
In the United Kingdom the partial eclipse will begin at 8.30pm, the total eclipse will occur between 9.20pm with the moon visible to the south-east, until 10.13pm. While many in the world consider this just a scientific or astronomical celestial activity, however, in India, lunar eclipse has a significant importance in terms of believes and practices.
According to TimeandDate.com, the partial eclipse will begin at 2.24 a.m. on July 28 Taipei time, with the total eclipse beginning at 3.30 a.m. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123.
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During an eclipse, most of the light from the Sun is blocked by the Earth as the moon travels through the Earth's shadow.
To figure out exactly when to watch for the total lunar eclipse where you are, you can plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer for all the details. Read on to find out all you need to know about the blood moon tonight.
The sky will glow for almost 4 hours, from 5:14 p.m until 11:28 p.m.
"The moon was a lot paler pink than I expected - a lovely sight in the western sky". The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11:44pm IST on Friday night and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1am IST.
Total lunar eclipse is very rare and only 30 per cent of all lunareclipses are total. But fret not, as in this technology-driven world, watching the night skies is no problem even if your view of the eclipse is not as clear as you would want it to be. Totality will continue for 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the Moon taking on a deep red-orange color during that time. This happens thanks to the earth's atmosphere and the effects its red and orange wavelengths have.
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