Blood Moon expected to be visible from Wicklow tonight

Blood Moon expected to be visible from Wicklow tonight

Blood Moon expected to be visible from Wicklow tonight

A lunar eclipse is when the sunlight's path to the moon is blocked by the Earth, with the moon falling in the Earth's shadow. Fun fact: Legend has it that Christopher Columbus, tipped off by an astrologist, told an indigenous Caribbean tribe that the Christian god would soon make the moon disappear because they would not share resources with Columbus's crew.

The Moon will begin a long journey through Earth's shadow on Friday afternoon, with the complete trip taking just over 6 hours. This occurs when an eclipsed moon can be seen on one horizon, while the rising sun can be observed on the other.

It's definitely a bummer for anyone in North America, but there's still a way to watch the eclipse happen live.

Friday night's blood moon will be the longest-lasting so far this century. Interestingly, the August 6/7, 2036 eclipse will not have almost as long a totality as the June 25/26, 2029 total lunar eclipse, where totality will last for 102 minutes.

"It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11:22 p.m". Blues and purples have shorter wavelengths and scatter in our atmosphere, giving the sky its inky colour, but reds and oranges have the highest wavelengths and pass through our atmosphere before it is bent or refracted around Earth, hitting the surface of the Moon and making it red.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow and this can only occur when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between.

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday – Scientist

Apart from being called the red Moon, it is also known as Sturgeon, Hay, or Mead Moon.

Unlike a solar eclipse, it's completely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye. It will also have astronomers on hand to offer commentary on the history and science of lunar eclipses on Facebook Live.

Thai stargazers will be staying up into the wee hours of Saturday to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, as a "super blood moon" dazzles the world.

If you are a lover of sky-gazing lover, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy tonight's spectacular red moon.

Kiwi eclipse watchers were disappointed this morning when the moon disappeared behind clouds at the crucial moment.

#08:20 PM: Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings in India, how to watch: The total lunar eclipse or "Chandra Grahan" in India will start at around 10:44 pm in the night of July 27. That's nearly as long as the longest lunar eclipse ever, which came in at an hour and 47 minutes.

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