Brunei gazes at Total Lunar Eclipse, longest of this century

Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse

Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse

The moon was to be eclipsed by the earth's shadow for more than three hours, starting on Friday night and then into the early hours of Saturday morning. This is when the moon changes from its traditional white hue to a deep, nearly blood-like red due to the sun's rays being reflected through the planet's atmosphere. Deemed as the longest lunar eclipse in 100 years, with a duration of one hour and 43 minutes, the celestial phenomenon will be visible in India.

As skywatchers around the world witnessed last night's spectacular lunar eclipse, residents in the Upper East Region town of Bawku, have interpreted the cosmic event differently.

"And the density of dust increasing in the atmosphere can cause the moon to appear a particularly deep red, and indeed it has the same effect on our sunsets and sunrises".

But what exactly is a Blood Moon, when can you next see one and when did the United Kingdom last experience one? "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 and I'll certainly be looking out for it!"

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Whether a full moon turns coppery red depends entirely on the atmospheric conditions and how much dust is in the air to bounce off the light from the sun.

But those in North America and other parts of the Western Hemisphere are out of luck, as the eclipse will be happening during daytime hours.

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.

A partial eclipse was also observed in some areas when the moon entered and left the earth's atmosphere, referred in astronomical terms as the earth's umbral shadow.

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Unlike with solar eclipses, no special equipment is needed to observe lunar eclipses. "I thought it was very pretty and I liked the planet Mars even more, which you could see right next to the moon", said Talita Oliveira, 34. The bright planets, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, in a line in the sky will appear as if in a Great Planetary Parade. It was also a "mini-moon" because the moon was the farthest from Earth and appears small.

"This is actually nearly as long as a lunar eclipse could be", Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester, explained.

Priyanka Gupta, facilitator from Delhi's Manav Rachna School, showed various lunar eclipse slides and answered the children's queries.

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