US won't see upcoming lunar eclipse

A blood moon rises over Cairo Friday

"During a very dark eclipse the moon may be nearly invisible".

Speaking to Sky News, Professor Andrew Coates from UCL said: "It's the longest one this century, 1 hour and 43 minutes all together".

"We have arranged five telescopes for people to watch it. People who wish to watch the eclipse at home can also watch it with naked eyes", he said.

Mars is reaching its opposition, when it's in alignment on the opposite side of the Earth and the sun.

The next total eclipse of the sun visible in the US will be on April 8, 2024. Since the moon crosses the earth's shadow, along the central region, it takes a longer time to cross it.

The eclipse created a "blood moon" which turned the surface of the moon into a red hue.

For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all. Earlier this year, the world got a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse on January 31.

The Executive Director of Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Center shared details about "Blood Moon" and the special arrangements made the Centre (situated in Guindy) for people to witness the eclipse. The light of all the sunsets and sunrises occurring simultaneously is reflected off the moon, making it seem red.

In fact, in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 - 13, where verse 12 says: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great quake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood".

The lunar eclipse is seen in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, on July 27, 2018.

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The fullest eclipse was visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia and Australia though clouds blocked out the moon in some places.

According to scientists, the longest possible theoretical duration for totality during a lunar eclipse is 107 minutes. So it's anyone's guess just how red this eclipse will be. Mars will appear 10 times brighter than usual, at magnitude -2.8 on that night.

For thousands of years, man has looked to the heavens for omens of doom, victory and joy.

The next lengthy lunar eclipse is scheduled for 2123.

This picture shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse in the sky of Dubai on July 27, 2018.

Unfortunately, the eclipse will only be considered partial in New Zealand.

Before we had explanations before what causes the moon to appear red, ancient cultures often feared the worst.

Solar and lunar eclipses follow each other.

As Dr Gregory Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, explains: "At this time, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, blocking the light from the sun".

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