Total lunar eclipse around the world

Saturday, 28 Jul, 2018

Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century and visible in much of the world.

The so-called "blood moon", when it turns a deep red, is visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon. A partial eclipse will precede and follow during the entire phase, each lasting one hour and six minutes.

Dr Brown said: "While more common than the solar eclipse, the event is nonetheless fairly unusual, with even partial eclipses rarely happening a few times or twice per year and each is only visible from a portion of the Earth".

Our constant companion will also be at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark.

Hundreds of people watched at a fort overlooking the iconic Copacabana beach and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Dr Kenda Knowles, of the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said all eclipses were special, but tomorrow's one would be one of the longest, which would make for great viewing.

The Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and covers the Moon with its shadow, turning it red.

The first part of lunar eclipse is expected to start at around 11:44 PM IST on July 27.

Total lunar eclipse around the world
Total lunar eclipse around the world

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.

According to Hazarry, stargazers should be able to see the red planet appear as a very bright reddish "star" rising on the eastern sky at around 8pm from Brunei.

However, he said it was still worth seeing as the next blood moon would not be visible in New Zealand until May 2021. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123.

Lunar eclipses happen when the earth sits directly in between the sun and full moon, blocking the sun's light from hitting the moon and therefore shifting how the night sky appears on Earth.

People gather as they wait for the sun to go down and the appearance of the "Blood moon" in Berlin on July 27, 2018. Unlike solar eclipses, which require protective eyewear, a lunar eclipse can be viewed without specialized eye protection.

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

If the rain clouds permitted, the moon will appear entirely red or ruddy brown in the whole of India at 10:44 pm local time and will reach "totality" past midnight.

While lunar eclipses are treated with curiosity and wonder today, it wasn't always so.