1South Africa to view longest eclipse in a century

The eclipse will not be visible from North America

As this happens, some part of the Moon will not be visible to stargazers, resulting in a partial lunar eclipse.

For those who are in the middle East and Madagascar, the Eclipse will occur around midnight, and people in Europe and Africa will have the best view between sunset and midnight.

Total lunar eclipses, which occur when the Sun, Earth, and moon are in ideal alignment, with our planet in between the two bodies, are always spectacular. From 21h30 until 23h13, it will be totally eclipsed, but faintly lit by light refracted by the Earth's atmosphere, which should give it a pale reddish colour.

The good news is that the next total lunar eclipse, scheduled to occur on January 21, 2019, will be visible to all North American residents.

This time around, the eclipse will occur when the moon is furthest from the earth, making it a micro-moon and thus a blood micro moon eclipse.

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon. This is the lunar eclipse, where the last eclipse we had was a solar eclipse.

When can you see the blood micro moon?

Here's when totality will begin in the regions where the entire eclipse will be visible. Instead of light hitting the moon's surface, Earth's shadow falls on it. According to Earthsky.org, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon. This slower moving full Moon will take longer time and greater distance of Earth's umbral shadow cone to travel.

Christian preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz predicted that a tetrad - that's four lunar eclipses in a row - would hail the end of the world. On July 27, our moon will transform into a red orb for 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds!

The moon will pass through the centre of the Earth's shadow, giving rise to what is known as the Deep Red Blood Moon. If that holds, then the Virtual Telescope Project view of Mars and the moon should be spectacular. The story shows how the Walpiri understood the correlation between the movements of different celestial bodies and the visual phenomena they produce. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

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