Blood Moon 2018: Complete lunar eclipse the longest of this century

Lunar Eclipse

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century took place over the weekend, and Dubai was among one of the top spots in the world to watch it.

The moon's colour was replaced from its normal silvery white to a blood red.

The term "blood moon" was popularised by Christian pastor John Hagee in 2013 following the release of the book Four Blood Moons, which highlighted a lunar sequence of four total eclipses that occurred in 2014/15.

For viewers in India, the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be visible in its entirety from all parts of the country.

North America missed out on Friday's lunar eclipse but can look forward to the next one on January 21, 2019, according to NASA.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

"The earth's atmosphere then turns the light red in the same way that the sun appears when it is going down", Prof Fabian said.

While not all will be able to see, many will notice its effect - a Red Moon.

Since moon has no natural light of its own, it is visible from the earth only when sunlight reflects off it.

Graphic Shows Visibility
This graphic shows the visibility of the

The lunar eclipse happened during daylight hours for those in the Western Hemisphere, so people in North America missed it.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the color can vary greatly.

Skygazers looking out for the rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse were left disappointed as clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon.

The eclipsed moon glows in the predawn sky on December 21, 2010, in this view from Stedman, N.C. "It's basically covering the whole planet and so Mars in the sky at the moment appears like a really, really bright orange star".

Hundreds flocked to the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in the tech hub of Bengaluru on a cool Friday night to witness the spectacle in a hazy sky even as the red moon played hide and seek.

Also, those in the United Kingdom will miss a section of the eclipse due to the moon being below our horizon when it starts, which gives south-eastern observers a slightly better advantage than the north-western ones. It is the longest lunar eclipse this century.

When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it stops being illuminated by sun, and gets dark.

They, therefore, performed a ritual dance amid drumming and singing, to appease the sun to release the moon to prevent any eventuality.

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

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