Red Moon: Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

Red Moon: Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

A total lunar eclipse happens only when the sun, earth and moon are in one ideal line. "But when you get really deep lunar eclipses, like we've had a few of over the last couple of years, a really great way to promote that is if you attach the moniker onto it that it's a "blood red" moon and that really engages people to go out and see it". A total Lunar Eclipse is all set to occur as the Earth will come in between the Sun and the Moon.

A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth takes position in a straight line between the moon and sun, blotting out the direct sunlight that normally makes our satellite glow whitish-yellow.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers do not need protective eye gear to observe the rare display.

In a statement by the agency's head of media and corporate communications, Dr. Felix Ale, the eclipse was expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until it ended around 12:30am of Saturday (today).

Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere will be best-placed to enjoy the spectacle, especially those in southern Africa, Australia, India and Madagascar, though it will also be partly visible in Europe and South America.

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"The moon is not always in ideal alignment with the sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle", Brad Tucker, an astronomer with the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a statement. It The eclipse will start around 10.44pm and continue till 4.48am but it would be visible from 11.54pm-3.49am. The fact that the moon appears so small and takes longer to pass through Earth's shadow is also why the eclipse lasts longer. It had arrangements for residents to see through the telescope the Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31, when the event occurred after 150 years.

In a special treat, Mars is in opposition on Friday - meaning the planet and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best. At that time, the planet will be just 35.8 million miles away, which means it will be making its closest approach since 2003.

Mars will more likely appear as a very bright star.

The warning area extends from Cambridge and Peterborough up to the Scottish Borders, Mr Madge said, adding that Wales, the south and west of England and most of Northern Ireland should have clear skies. So if bad weather disrupts your opportunity on Friday, there will be more chances.

At the same time, Mars hovered near the moon in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye.

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