Rare Celestial treat: Longest total Lunar Eclipse of century falls tomorrow

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Additionally, Javascript Lunar Eclipse Explorer (https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/JLEX/JLEX-NA.html) can compute the local circumstances for every lunar eclipse visible from a city for any century from -1999 to 3000. In Invercargill there is five minutes between sunrise at 8:12 and moonset shortly thereafter, with the Moon entirely within Earth's shadow. This is the ideal time for astronomers to get good looks at our solar system companions. It will not be visible in North America and much of the Pacific Ocean because there it will be morning or afternoon. Unfortunately the event will be occurring during our daytime.

"This total lunar eclipse will be primarily visible from the world's Eastern Hemisphere, which are Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand".

It is set to be the longest eclipse of the 21st century so far and will happen at the same time as Mars reaches "opposition" from Earth.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon takes on its ghostly red pallor because of the Earth's shadow.

If you were standing on the moon at the time of the eclipse, the Earth would look like a black disk outlined in glowing red.

'The rim of the earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the earth's atmosphere'.

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The shadow of the Earth's atmosphere filtered through sunlight appears red when it hits the surface of the Moon, giving the eerie-looking blood moon.

However, the partial eclipse will be visible for nearly four hours. Sometimes the moon passes through the top of the disk, or toward the bottom.

The eclipse is also known as the blood or red moon because when eclipsed, the moon looks red.

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The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle.

And finally, there will be a conjunction between Mars and the moon. It will be preceded and followed by partial eclipses lasting for more than an hour.

The next one, which is coming up on January 21, 2019, will be 1 hour and 2 minutes. It lasted for 4 minutes and 43 seconds.

You can watch it online with The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh.

"It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11:22 p.m".

The long duration of this eclipse is partly due to the fact that the moon will make a near-central passage through Earth's umbra - the darkest, most central part of the shadow.

In Singapore, this lunar event is expected to start from 1.14 am and end at 5.13am, with the total eclipse at 3.30 am. That way you can see the moon move full into the Earth's shadow. But for views of elsewhere in the Solar System, Jupiter will be in the southern sky and Venus in the west.

"Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown.as rust-coloured, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".

According to National Geographic, an Inca myth told the story of a jaguar that attacked and ate the moon (giving it its red colour).

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