Details About The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century The "Blood Moon"

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The full moon during an Eclipse repainted in a dramatic color.

Early Saturday morning, the night sky will feature a rare blood moon lunar eclipse and it will be the longest such event in roughly a century.

Across Australia everyone will see the moon enter Earth's shadow at the exact same moment but those in Western Australia are the only ones who will be able to watch the entirety of the eclipse. The entire U.S. won't be able to see a full lunar eclipse again until January. On July 27, the earth, moon, and sun will come to adjust in a flawless line, which will cause the wonder. A Lunar Eclipse is a phenomena that occurs when Earth comes between Moon and the Sun, thus obscuring Moon in its shadow.

In fact it is caused by sunlight being filtered through the Earth's atmosphere so that red colours predominate when it reaches the lunar surface.

If you were on the moon when the total eclipse occurs, you would see a red ring around the Earth.

This particular eclipse will be the longest because it's happening at the same time the moon hits its apogee, which is the farthest point from Earth in the moon's orbit, according to EarthSky.

From the European continent, it will be possible to see different phases of this phenomenon after sunset, as well as from North West Africa and South America. It can best be viewed from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Christian preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz predicted that a tetrad - that's four lunar eclipses in a row - would hail the end of the world.

"People on the east coast will not see the moon leave the [Earth's] shadow", Australian National University astronomer Dr Brad Tucker was quoted by Canberra Times as saying. The moon appears to turn deep red or reddish brown. Although the viability of that claim is starting to wane, given that we've seen lunar eclipses previously on 14 April and 8 October 2014 as well as 4 April and 28 September 2015, and we're still knocking about.

And this is no regular lunar eclipse. The moon will start to turn red from about 5.30am. The blood moon and Mars inversion do not require the aid of special eyewear. And on July 31, the Red Planet will be the closest to Earth that it's been since 2003. Mars is also safe to view with the naked eye.

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