‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

The partial eclipse will begin at 2:24 P.m. - that's when the Earth's shadow will begin to creep across the moon. The darkest phase of the eclipse also known as a total eclipse, won't be visible until the early hours of Saturday and is expected to begin roughly at 1 AM (IST) on July 28.

On the night of the total lunar eclipse, Mars and the moon will be roughly six degrees apart in the night sky. It will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 35.9 million miles from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

As per Indian astrology, the celestial bodies like the sun and moon have an effect on our bodies and an eclipse can also have an impact on our bodies. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. For a better view, you can even use binoculars. That's because some light from the sun bends around the edge of the Earth where the blue and green wavelengths are scattered by our atmosphere.

Lunar eclipse is tipped to be the longest in the century and planetariums across the country have made elaborate arrangements for enthusiasts.

The maximum eclipse, when the moon is closest to the centre of the Earth's shadow, will not occur in the United Kingdom until 9.21pm BST, and will last until 10.13pm.

The interesting fact is that in India, the eclipse, both partial and the total, will be visible in nearly all the parts of the country.

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse. This is why it's called Blood Moon. But it can be hard to tell with the naked eye.

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‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century

Path of the Moon into Earth's Shadows and the times during the Total Lunar Eclipse on July 28 from Brunei DarussalamLooking about West at around 2am from Brunei Darussalam, the Blood Moon and Mars will put on a stellar show on July 28.

Sometimes they are penumbral eclipses, where the moon passes through Earth's fainter outer shadow, which isn't quite visible to the human eye.

On December 26 next year, people in Brunei will be experien-cing a partial solar eclipse when the moon passes in front of the Sun.

As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown. There will be another guest during the eclipse, as Mars will glow brightly, giving some unforgettable moments to skywatchers all over the world.

For one, Mars will be at opposition, when Earth lies directly between it and the sun (four days later, Mars will be the closest to Earth since 2003). He will be speaking about the relevance of a lunar eclipse.

"We haven't had one in Ireland in about three years".

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