The Longest Full 'Blood Moon' Of The Century Is Happening This Month

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Adelaide and Darwin emerged as the winners of the "blood moon" spectacle Down Under, with skies remaining clear during the crucial eclipse window.

Astronomers have appealed to Indians to upload selfies with the hashtag #EclipseEating while enjoying food during the longest eclipse of the 21st century on Friday, in a bid to dispel the myths and superstitions surrounding the celestial event.

An illustration of the stages of the July 27, 2018, total lunar eclipse.

"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", said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society in London. The lunar eclipse along with Asian countries including India, others will be visible in many other parts of the word.

On Twitter and Instagram, eclipse watchers can tag their photos of the eclipse with the hashtag #timeanddatelive so that others can browse them more easily.

This freakish effect is known as "Rayleigh scattering", which filters out bands of green and violet light in the atmosphere during an eclipse leaving just a red glow.

Sadly, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you'll miss the lunar eclipse because it will take place during our daylight hours. The partial eclipse of the moon will begin at 11.54 pm on July 27 and the total eclipse will begin at 1 am on July 28.

Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it.

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Our red moon will have some company Friday, when Mars is the closest to Earth that it's been in 15 years.

In Invercargill, there was five minutes between sunrise at 8.12am and moonset shortly after, with the moon entirely within Earth's shadow. NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

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

Uploading selfies of eating and drinking during the time of eclipse would be starting step towards breaking the false belief system prevalent in public.

It will appear like a bright star, before fading from sight a few minutes later.

Mars will actually be at its closest approach since 2003 on Monday and Tuesday, when it is 35.78 million miles away. This is when the moon is completely inside the Earth's shadow and is the most spectacular part of the lunar eclipse.

Blood moons are not unusual occurrences.