Nigeria witnesses longest lunar eclipse of the century

  • Nigeria witnesses longest lunar eclipse of the century

Nigeria witnesses longest lunar eclipse of the century

Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, a professor, Augustine Ubachukwu, has said.

No protective eyewear is needed and the eclipsed moon will be visible in large parts of Europe and South America between sunset and midnight, as well as much of Asia and Australia, between midnight and sunrise on Saturday. "In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and attractive and I'll certainly be looking out for it!"

More from Tel Aviv; the lunar eclipse totality was one hour and 43 minutes, just shy of the longest possible totality: one hour and 47 minutes, according to Time. The planet Mars, which will be at its closest point to Earth in 15 years on July 31, appeared as a bright object near the moon.

The last time such an event took place was on January 31, 2018, and the next total lunar eclipse will not happen until May 26, 2021, the bureau said.

Moonrise will be at 8.49pm BST in London, 9.46pm in Glasgow, 9.02pm in Cardiff and 9.27pm in Belfast, with mid-eclipse occurring at 9.21pm and the "total" phase ending at around 10.13pm.

Dr Jacob said: "Anyone on that night-side of the Earth would be able to see the moon go into the eclipse". For this eclipse, Diego says skywatchers can expect to see a "bright red-orange moon".

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse behind the Saentis in Luzern Switzerland Friday
The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse behind the Saentis in Luzern Switzerland Friday

"If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun", said Fabian.

Today's blood moon lunar eclipse will be visible to every continent except North America - but there are ways to view it if you're stuck in the New World.

Lunar eclipses occur up to three times a year, so if you miss Friday's week's sky show, there will be other opportunities in the future. The celestial event 2018 wow stargazers residing in the Middle East, south or eastern Africa, western and southeast Asia and India.

The full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth and for 103 minutes the moon will turn varying shades of red.

The moon will also be plotting a fairly long path across the Earth's disk-shaped shadow. But a small amount of light does actually pass through the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and reflect off the moon.

At 12.19am, the moon will be out of the earth's umbral shadow and the observable eclipse will be over.