But on the upside it means it will also take longer for it to pass through the Earth's shadow, making the lunar eclipse the longest eclipse of this century - it is expected to last for nearly two hours. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar scientist Noah Petro, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The moon will glide into Earth's shadow Friday in what will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. Hailed as the longest lunar eclipse in hundred years, it comes at a time when the moon is at its farthest point from the earth (apogee), causing it to go slower and the eclipse to last longer. A period of complete eclipse, known as "totality", will last from 3:30 p.m.to 5:13 p.m. ET. The eclipse is estimated to start in India at 11:44pm IST on Friday night and the total lunar eclipse 2018 is expected to begin at 1am IST. We will have a gathering of group members and the public and we will display the whole event in detail, explaining the geometry of the lunar eclipse and why this is one of the best of the century.
During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.
A total eclipse will start at 1:00 am (July 28).
At 12.19am, the moon will be out of the earth's umbral shadow and the observable eclipse will be over. That's due to last for 1 hour and 22 minutes. The moon passed in front of the sun, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow. Join Miguel here as he takes us through his photograph "Total Lunar Eclipse of 2015".
On Saturday morning, Kiwis will be able to see an eclipsed Moon and the Sun in the sky at the same time.
The next total lunar eclipse will happen on January 21st, 2019.
"There is no reason to believe that blood moons foretell doom", said Massey. Others have called this lunation the Full Thunder Moon, since thunderstorms tend to coincide with the height of the summer months. Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m.
"You will see the sunrise and sunset of the Earth lighting up the surface of the Moon - over 350,000 kilometers away".