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Century’s longest ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse tonight

Published on: 6:08 pm - Friday | July 27, 2018

Skywatchers will be treated to the longest “blood moon” eclipse of the 21st Century on Friday.

As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth’s natural satellite will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown.

The “totality” period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes.

The eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America and in the UK from around 21:00 to 22:15 BST.

In Bangladesh, the lunar eclipse will continue from 11:30:06pm Friday (July 27) to 05:30:24am Sunday (July 28), said Meteorological Office in Dhaka.

On the same night and over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 – visible as a “bright red star” where skies are clear.

From the UK and Europe, the south-east will be the place to look for the rising, eclipsing Moon with bright red Mars below. But for views of elsewhere in the Solar System, Jupiter will be in the southern sky and Venus in the west.

Source: BBC Online

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