The total eclipse lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours. The Moon will turn red only at the highest point of the total lunar eclipse, which starts around 1 AM on the night of July 28. Mars will be making its closes approach to earth for the first time in 15 years. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images A full moon rises behind the ancient temple of Poseidon in cape Sounio, about 65 kilometers south of Athens, Friday, July 27, 2018. These latter events, which occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, are safe to view directly with the naked eye, telescopes or binoculars.
Red light, on the other hand, is scattered least, which is why the setting sun is red.
Today's lunar eclipse will be most visible for many parts of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region if the weather cooperates. In Johannesburg, residents took advantage of the clear winter night and watched the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface.
"This is actually nearly as long as a lunar eclipse could be", Prof Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at University of Manchester, explained. The fact that the moon appeared so small and took longer to pass through Earth's shadow was also why the eclipse lasted longer.
Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon. When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep red in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.
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The Moon gradually returns to its normal color and brightens as it emerges from Earth's shadow.
However, not all lunar eclipses will lead to a "bloody" show. However, there still is a way using which it is possible to view the "blood moon" - live stream on YouTube. North America and Pacific regions missed out the eclipse since it is not visible from there.
"South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones". According to NASA, India is one of the best places to watch the total lunar eclipse.
This celestial spectacle marks the midpoint of the summer 2018 eclipse season.
HONG KONG: People set up the telescopes to observe the Lunar eclipse in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong.