21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday: Bengaluru gears up

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Scientists call this kind of moon a "blood moon".

The lunar event will be visible across large parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, South American and Australia, but not all regions will witness the entire spectacle.

If you live in North America, you will not be able to see the marathon celestial event in person - unless you live in the far eastern part of Newfoundland. A period of complete eclipse, known as "totality", will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. ET.

The chandra graham or lunar eclipse will take place on July 27. The moon will be close to the horizon, so make sure to look west-south-west. The front edge of the Earth's shadow will begin shading the moon from about 9.30pm.

The odds of a clear view are not good anywhere, although the chances of some clear spells may be best across the east coasts of Counties Antrim and Down, but I wouldn't hold out too much hope.

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On the same night and over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear.

Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018 dates and time in India: The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be seen over the July 27 night and the early hours of July 28.

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Don't miss tomorrow's Blood Moon — the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century

"The two red objects in the sky will be a spectacular combination", said Prof Andrew Coates of University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

And do not forget to try and catch the event as soon as you can because the moon will only be in a state of total eclipse until 11.15 pm when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance.

Lunar eclipse occurs because the moon is cast in earth's shadow.

The "blood moon" effect is created due to light passing through Earth's atmosphere, which scatters blue light, meaning the moon turns a reddish colour.

Just how red it will be will depend on the atmosphere at the time. This is the same reason sunsets appear pink or red.

Mesopotamians regarded the blood moon as an omen that the king would be attacked. "It's a lunar eclipse", said Helen Klus of the Royal Astronomical Society. "It's something that people have heard of before", she said.

Unlike solar eclipses, which last a few minutes, lunar eclipses last three hours or longer. Mars will appear 10 times brighter than usual, at magnitude -2.8 on that night.

Opposition occurs when Earth is positioned with the Sun lined up directly behind it, and an outlying planet, such as Mars, Saturn, or Jupiter, lined up on the opposite side.

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