How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

For most of the world, Friday night will offer an incredible sight: the longest total lunar eclipse of the century. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar scientist Noah Petro, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. There are several channels which are organising live streaming of the lunar eclipse.

Totality, the period of time that the moon is fully in Earth's shadow, will last for approximately 103 minutes (1 hour, 42 minutes), with partial phases occurring before and after. The live stream starts at 11:30pm IST on July 27 2018, so you can hit the play button in the video embedded below at the designated time to start your viewing of the eclipse.

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.

What a lunar eclipse can look like. It's making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years, just 35.8 million miles away from us.

Not to be confused with a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Earth and sun, blocking the sun's light, the moon is not turned black but instead appears to turn red.

"The second cosmic highlight of the night is a total lunar eclipse, known as the Blood Moon, in the early hours of Saturday". Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3.49 am, the statement said.

"During the eclipse, the shadow of the earth will be covering the moon". The moon passed in front of the sun, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow.

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According to Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies like the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimize any disturbance.

With the Middle East nearly in the centre of the event, the UAE has one of the "best seats in the house", according to a local astronomer.

People in many countries have been catching a glimpse of a "blood moon" for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

In less than six months, another total lunar eclipse will take place directly over the Western Hemisphere. The total eclipse is scheduled to end at 5.13 a.m.

"And the density of dust increasing in the atmosphere can cause the moon to appear a particularly deep red, and indeed it has the same effect on our sunsets and sunrises".

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