Century's longest lunar eclipse tonight: All you need to know

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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.

The space agency said Nigeria, like most of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region would witness a total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th of July 2018.

The lunar eclipse is set to start at 7:14PM local (Egyptian) time and end at 1:28AM on Saturday. Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000 for totality duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another one on June 15, 2011 for totality duration of 1 hour 40 minutes, the statement said.

Partial or penumbral eclipse begins at around 11:44 pm IST on Friday and will be visible from all parts of India.

Not all the lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show. First, there will be a total lunar eclipse and although uncommon, this one is special because it's going to last a lot longer than usual - in fact the longest this century.

Mr Kirkley said that the sunrise would begin during the eclipse which would "wash out" the colours of the moon as it turned red.

"It is a very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night", said Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, who watched the eclipse from the Mediterranean Sea.

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The moon appears red (rather than in complete darkness) due to blue light from the earth's atmosphere refracting sunlight onto the surface of the moon.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through the umbra - the darkest part of the Earth's shadow - and take on a red glow.

But the eclipse that will stretch from South America to New Zealand on Friday will last nearly four hours, coming in at three hours and 55 minutes.

Rio de Janeiro's spectators cheered when the blood moon emerged from the fog.

Other incidences of central lunar eclipses will occur in April 2099, June 2094, September 2090, May 2087 and January 2084.

A blood moon in San Francisco on January 31st, 2018. The partial eclipse ends at 4:19 p.m.

Along with the Blood Moon, Mars will also be seen shining brighter. The Bible contains references to the moon turning into blood and some ultra-Orthodox Jews consider lunar eclipses ominous and a cause for moral contemplation. According to him, the moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun.

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