Don’t Miss! Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Whole Century is Coming on Friday – Here’s What to Expect and How to Watch

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Scientists say the longest total lunar eclipse of this century will grace the night sky on Friday, turning the moon a reddish color.

Keep on reading Nexter.org to be aware of when and how to observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

Why is this lunar eclipse going to be special?

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday, and it will transform the moon into a reddish orange color for more than 100 minutes, according to NASA.

Scientists say the reason this Friday’s lunar eclipse is especially long is that the moon is passing almost directly through the central part of Earth’s shadow. To compare, it falls just 4 minutes shy of the longest possible time a lunar eclipse could last.

How to watch + live stream

Unfortunately, the eclipse won’t be visible from North America, Noah Petro, a scientist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, told ABC News.

Star-gazers in areas near the Middle East, south or eastern Africa, western and southeast Asia and India will be able to catch a glimpse of the celestial event as long as the weather permits, Petro said.

In those areas, the totality of the lunar eclipse – when the moon will retain its red color – will last for about an hour and 42 minutes. The entire event – beginning as the moon passes through the Earth’s stratosphere – will last about six hours and 13 minutes.

In the U.S., the lunar eclipse will start around 1:14 p.m. ET, and the maximum period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m. ET, making it too light outside for the blood moon to be visible.

Residents in will be able to see the lunar eclipse as the moon sets, while those in eastern Brazil and western Europe can see it as the moon is rising.

But don’t worry if you won’t be able to see it by yourself – you can watch the live stream of the beautiful sky here.

July’s total lunar eclipse occurs on the same day the planet Mars reaches its opposition when it will shine at its best in the night sky. This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003. After opposition, when Mars will be brightest, it will reach that closest point on July 31.


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