Red Moon: Morocco to Witness the Longest Eclipse of the Century Tonight

Blood moon to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse

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.

It won't be visible in the USA, but can be seen in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia - depending on the weather.

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

However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours. The moon passed in front of the sun, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow. The total "blood moon" will be visible to the naked eyes from India and parts of South-America, Europe, and Australia.

The eclipse, however, will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. This is much longer than standard lunar eclipses which last for only around one hour.

The July Blood Moon is the longest total lunar eclipse of the century.

According to the National Space Research and Development Agency, the lunar eclipse in Nigeria started around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm.

The "totality" period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes.

Blood moon to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse
The different phases of moon from Kochi Kerala

The best views were in Western Australia because it was still dark during the lunar eclipse process.

The full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth and for 103 minutes the moon will turn varying shades of red.

Blood moons tend to happen around three times a year across the globe, but some years there may be none.

As with most eclipses, conspiracy theorists believe it is a sign of the end times and is referred to as the Blood Moon prophecy. This is why the duration of this eclipse will be longer than any other lunar eclipse in this century.

That colour is due to sunlight leaking through Earth's atmosphere and reaching the Moon.

Showers are forecast in eastern parts of the country, making them likely to miss views of the blood moon, with those in the west expected to have a better chance of glimpsing it.

The lunar eclipse over Warsaw, Poland.

The Virtual Telescope Project is hosting the alluringly named "Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet" and will have its cameras trained on the moon during the eclipse. That's nearly as long as the longest lunar eclipse ever, which came in at an hour and 47 minutes.

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