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Malta can feast its eyes on the longest total lunar eclipse of the century on Friday when the silvery moon will turn a blood red. The total lunar eclipse is projected to last for an hour and 42 minutes, with the entire event lasting over 6 hours.

The next total lunar eclipse, this long will not be until June 9, 2123.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

Lunar eclipses typically occur only during a full moon, however on this instance the moon will be in ideal alignment with the sun and earth, also known as the blood moon. During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow and take on a red sheen, with the phenomenon being described as the "blood moon".

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

Get ready for the century's longest total lunar eclipse on Friday night!

This event is not to be confused with a total solar eclipse like the one that was visible across a swath of the continental United States last summer. "Further, when dust content in the atmosphere is higher or if the particulate matter is higher, then the Sun rays refracts the red part of the light spectrum and the moon will appear Blood red, so the phenomenon is called Blood Moon", Breakthrough Science Society (BSS) member Francis Kulathunkal explains. Also, the Eclipse can be seen, while in the rest of Africa, Europe, and other parts of Asia, Australia, Eastern part of South America. It becomes a blood Moon when sunlight is fitered through Earth's atmosphere and bounces off the Moon's cratered surface.

Well, sky-watchers in the Americas are out of luck this time around.

Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years.

This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

It is better to go outside at different times throughout the night on July 27 to catch every stage of the eclipse.

"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 handsome and I'll certainly be looking out for it!"

"South eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north western ones". The city is the contrast between the moon and the sky is not so bright.

If it's clear, towards the end of the eclipse have a look for the planet Mars, which will be about six degrees (roughly the width of three fingers held at arm's length) below the moon.


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