Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon

While Mars may not be immediately visible without the right equipment, nonetheless, it would be an exciting opportunity to view the bright red planet right next to the red (eclipsed) Moon on that night.

The moon turned "blood red" in a total lunar eclipse for an hour and 43 minutes - the longest of the century.

While lunar eclipse are more common to see than solar eclipses, the length of Friday's eclipse is unique and is just a few minutes shy of the longest lunar eclipse ever.

The total eclipse lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse preceded and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of almost 4 hours in the Earth's umbral shadow, according to Nasa.

The Weather Channel will be live streaming the lunar eclipse on its smartphone app beginning at 4 p.m.

Members of public are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes to enjoy viewing the lunar eclipse.

"If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse, you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun", said Fabian.

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes.

The next lunar eclipse visible in Brunei will take place on July 17 next year, but it will be a partial one.

He said the moon would begin to enter earth's shadow (known as the penumbra) around 5.15am and would gradually dim until about 6.25am.

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When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.

The July 27/28, 2018 total lunar eclipse is part of the Saros series 129, same as the July 16, 2000, total lunar eclipse - the longest eclipse of the 20th century.

With the Earth's shadow subduing the moon's bright light, the stars and planets were on show, including Mars, which was at the brightest it's been since 2003.

During this total eclipse, the Moon - earth's natural satellite - will turn striking shade of red.

A reddish tint is, to some degree, common in all lunar eclipses, even partial ones.

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NASA, meanwhile, called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars would appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.

Given the moon will be at its furthest distance from Earth, Professor David Coward from the University of Western Australia is forecasting a particularly dramatic lunar eclipse for those in the east. Only red light makes it through the atmosphere.

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

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