July’s ‘blood moon’ will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century

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Friday sees the longest lunar eclipse this century.

The eclipse will be visible in the Eastern Hemisphere including Eastern Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

During total lunar eclipses, the moon turns a deep red color when it enters the depths of Earth's shadow.

A "super blue blood moon" rises over Canberra on January 31.

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "A total lunar eclipse, Mars, Jupiter and the International Space Station".

Enhancing Creativity: As the eclipse begins, focus on the Eclipse process as one of creative transformation.

The Moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the totality phase will begin at 1 am on July 28.

Pastor John Hagee
Pastor John Hagee

You've probably heard the term Blood Moon bandied around the past few weeks. Although there are three partial solar eclipses this year, none are visible in the U.S.

As explained by the CSIRO the Warlpiri people, who live mostly north and west of Alice Springs, say a lunar eclipse is caused when the Sun-woman makes up ground during her threatening pursuit of the Moon-man. Then sit comfortably & meditatively watch the changing interplay of Light & Shadow on the Moon & around you for the duration of the Eclipse.

The team of astronomers behind the Virtual Telescope will stream the Blood Moon from the Roman Forum on Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy.

Though the United States won't see a lunar eclipse, the moon will still be full and appear reddish/orange Friday evening. According to Earthsky.org, since Mars is opposite the sun in the sky, it will look like a full, red moon. However, North America is going to be miss the phenomena.

According to NASA, the moon moves in an orbit around Earth, and at the same time, Earth orbits the sun.

Those on the east coast will not see the Moon leave the shadow but people living further west should see almost all of the lunar eclipse.

As if the eclipse isn't enough to hold our attention, Mars will be its closest and brightest to its neighbours since 2003. Putting to rest all apprehensions about the risks associated with viewing the eclipse with a naked eye, Duari said, "No special filters are required to protect our eyes like those used for watching solar eclipses".

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