Explained: The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28

One might think this to be impossible - because an eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in a straight line, and so if the Moon is above the horizon then the Sun must surely be below it.

Partial eclipse, where the moon will be partly covered, will last for 3 hours and 54 minutes.

The main event will include both the longest total eclipse of the moon for a century but also put Mars the closest it will be to Earth for the next 270 years, a double treat for anyone looking at the sky.

The blood moon will last for one hour and 43 minutes, just shy of the theoretical limit of a lunar eclipse which is one hour and 47 minutes.

Total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of Asia (including Qatar), Africa, Europe, Australia, Southern America, and parts of Northern America.

Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, a professor, Augustine Ubachukwu, has said. This phase will be visible only with telescopes.

Stargazers in Spain are set to enjoy ideal conditions, with weather forecasters predicting that the event will be visible across the entire nation.

The Moon will rise over Qatar sky tomorrow at 6:09pm and will set on Saturday morning at 5:15am. But instead of turning dark like it does in a solar eclipse, atmospheric conditions make the moon appear red.

Watch The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century In Singapore On July 28
Explained: The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century

East coast viewers will see the blood moon at its fullest at about 5.30am, with the Earth, moon and sun in flawless alignment.

And it's considered a "micro moon", though that isn't an official astronomical designation. Some light, though, will still reach the moon because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

Image: Where will the eclipse be visible?

According to Hazarry, stargazers should be able to see the red planet appear as a very bright reddish "star" rising on the eastern sky at around 8pm from Brunei.

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.

The eclipse is also known as the blood or red moon because when eclipsed, the moon looks red. The sunlight is detoured by the Earth's atmosphere, due to the presence of a blanket of air, hits the darkened Moon.

It's also expected that Mars will be shining its brightest in 15 years. The light of all the sunsets and sunrises occurring simultaneously is reflected off the moon, making it seem red.

The eclipse will be witnessed as far as Chile and New Zealand, but the United States and Canada will miss out on a glimpse of the rare lunar spectacle.

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