Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday - Scientist

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It has astronomers across the nation excited. And what about other types of eclipses?

The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on Friday, astronomers say. Here's everything you need to know to catch the astrological phenomenon if you're in Italy.

An eclipse is what happens when one celestial body obscures the light from another.

Unlike a solar eclipse, it's completely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye. That one lasted for one hour and 16 minutes, according to NASA.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the darkest part of the earth's shadow. The sunlight is detoured by the Earth's atmosphere, due to the presence of a blanket of air, hits the darkened Moon.

The eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes and will start around 11.54 pm IST on July 27.

This second total lunar eclipse, on July 2018, will be visible in large parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.

It will come to a head between 3.30-5am when, fully engulfed by the Earth's shadow, the moon will turn an eerie orange-red hue.

The lunar eclipse has always been an interesting phenomenon to observe and as today a lunar eclipse will be observed there are some things we must know.

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Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse Friday - Scientist

Instead, it will appear to be a deep copper red as it reflects the scattered light of all the sunsets and sunrises on Earth back at us.

There are a few reasons that Friday night's eclipse will last so long.

To witness this selenelion event, obviously clear skies are needed, and you need to be in a location with a view to where the Moon will set in the WSW and also to where the Sun will rise in the ENE.

The eclipse will be the longest of the 21st Century so far.

"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!"

The next lunar eclipse visible in Brunei will take place on July 17 next year, but it will be a partial one.

The places a selenelion can be seen are limited because everything must line up.

The odds of a clear view are not good anywhere, although the chances of some clear spells may be best across the east coasts of Counties Antrim and Down, but I wouldn't hold out too much hope.

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).