"Nigeria is set to experience a very spectacular total lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27, weather permitting".
The total lunar eclipse will be the longest one so far this century, with the next eclipse of a similar length only due in 2123. Most of Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, most of China, western Africa and most of Europe will see the total phase of the eclipse.
For North American residents suffering from an acute case of lunar eclipse FOMO - that is, the fear of missing out on this stunning visual phenomenon - there's no need to fret.
A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth takes position in a straight line between the moon and sun, blotting out the direct sunlight that normally makes our satellite glow whitish-yellow.
"This evening's rain will probably be a more hit or miss affair but Friday night likely to see higher totals", Niall Tweeted.
NASA's Moon experts at the Goddard Space Center estimate the Blood Moon's totality will last around one hour and 43 minutes. The moon will finally escape Earth's shadow at about 12.20am on Saturday.
Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes
It's also expected that Mars will be shining its brightest in 15 years.
Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018 India: The Blood Moon 2018 is the second lunar eclipse of 2018.
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.
"'Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions as they appear dimmer than the full moon". The distance between the moon and the Earth will be around 4,06,223km that night.
"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and lovely and I'll certainly be looking out for it!"
Andrew Fabian, professor of astronomy at the University of Cambridge says, 'It's called a blood moon because the light from the sun goes through the earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon and the earth's atmosphere turns it red in the same way that when the sun goes down it goes red'.
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