Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

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In a rare celestial display, a red moon will rise above the horizon tomorrow, July 27, in the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century.

Early morning star-gazers in Dunedin were rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at a "blood moon" like no other.

The total eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours.

Reuters charted the eclipse from across the world, capturing a shimmering orange and red moon above Cairo, the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, near Athens, the Bavarian village of Raisting in Germany, Rio beach in Brazil and Johannesburg.

#09:30 PM: When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide - Timeline: Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear.

After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine and cloudless skies, thunderstorms swept across swathes of the United Kingdom on Friday, veiling what was said to be the longest celestial event in the 21st century.

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

It will be fully eclipsed from 9:30pm to 11:13pm and it will then have a reddish colour as light is refracted from the earth's atmosphere.

Blood Moon on July 27: longest total lunar eclipse of the century
That means "the moon will come inside the shadow of the Earth and will stop receiving the light from the sun", Diego adds. During the eclipse, the Earth , sun and moon will be in a single line, with the Earth in between the sun and the moon .

"(But) the really spectacular eclipses are the total solar eclipses, you have to travel to see those, they're really localised", Dr Jacob said. We only see the part where light falls and thus as the earth and moon move through their orbits and different amounts of light falls on the moon, we see different phases of the moon.

The fullest eclipse, at 2022 GMT, will be visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, much of Asia and Australia.

Unfortunately, the live stream is the only way those of us in North America will get to witness the blood red moon. The 103 minutes of totality will make it the longest eclipse of the 21 century!

Disappointed eclipse watchers on the sand dunes in Christchurch. The next lunar eclipse will take place in January of next year and will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.

When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.

So where can you see the total lunar eclipse?

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!" the NASA website states.

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